Fabio Capello believes that Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp are leading the list of potential candidates to replace him when he steps down as England manager in 2012.
The Football Association have confirmed that they intend to replace Capello with an Englishman when the Italian's contract ends after the European Championships. Tottenham manager Redknapp is the bookmakers' favourite after he took Champions League football to White Hart Lane, while Blackburn manager Allardyce has won many plaudits during his nine-year spell in top-flight management.
Capello, who led England to a disappointing second-round exit in the World Cup, believes the duo top the list of potential successors if the FA stick with their pledge to go with an English coach. When asked which English managers are performing best, the Italian said: "In this moment Allardyce and Redknapp are doing very well because they have different players, they have good style and get results with them.
"It is important for a coach to understand which type of players they manage and find the best style."
Allardyce, who took Bolton into Europe and managed Newcastle before joining Blackburn, is
unsure whether he would be able to adapt to the rigours of international management.
"I can't answer that because I haven't been an international manager," said the Rovers boss who, along with Capello, was speaking at the Future Game conference at Wembley yesterday.
"All I do know is that from all the international managers I have spoken to it's a complete change from what I'm doing now.
"Fabio has talked about how he had to go from dealing with players on a day-to-day basis to having all of a sudden to deal with working with them now and again.
"Being an international manager is all about getting the best footballers available to you who are as fit as possible and putting those players in the best formation and get a result.
"You'd have to work out the best positions for all the players and that would be very difficult I would think. I have not been there but the pressure that they experience is immense, far bigger than they experience at their own clubs."
The FA stood by Capello despite fierce criticism following the poor showing at the World Cup in South Africa.
That move looked to have been vindicated as the Italian led the Three Lions to a perfect start to their first two qualifying games with victories over Bulgaria and Switzerland, the latter coming courtesy of a fine attacking display which proved so elusive in the summer.
However, a drab goalless home draw with Montenegro and a dire defeat against France – albeit with an inexperienced XI –