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Manchester City could block Pearce's bid to coach England under-21 team

Manchester City could block Pearce's bid to coach England under-21 team

Manchester City hasn't yet given Stuart Pearce permission to also coach the England under-21 team.
Pearce, who has been manager of Man City since March 2005, wants to do both jobs at the same time. He said Sunday that he had accepted the Football Association's offer to coach the England youth team.
But City responded with a statement saying it would only let him do both jobs on its terms.
"The club has not given permission for our manager to be released for England duty," Man City said on its Web site. "We recognize Stuart's patriotism and enthusiasm to assist the Football Association and Manchester City in turn understands the FA's desire to have him contributing to the under-21s European Championship campaign.
"We will remain in dialogue with the FA and hope to reach a solution suitable to this club in the next few days."
Pearce, who played 78 games for England, hopes to be in charge when the England under-21 team hosts Spain at Derby County's Pride Park on Feb. 6.
"I have been offered the job and I have accepted it," he said. "Now, it is down to the club and the FA to both be comfortable with the situation. Hopefully they can finalize one or two things, but I don't see any reason why that should not be the case."


Updated : 2021-07-29 10:40 GMT+08:00