The Football Association's search for a new England manager won't be hindered by competition from managerless Chelsea, insists FA chairman David Bernstein who also revealed a shortlist has been drawn up.
FA will wait until summer Chelsea are in the hunt for a new manager following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas on Sunday, and with the likes of Harry Redknapp, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola linked with both vacancies, many believe billionaire Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could tempt potential candidates away from the national role.
Harry Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite for the England job, but despite the Spurs boss linked with the Stamford Bridge hot-seat, Bernstein insists the England job is unique, and consequently will not face direct competition from clubs - even if top Premier League sides could offer a more tempting salary.
"This position is so unique that the right person would want to do it on a sensible basis and for the right reasons," Bernstein said. "It is a very fluid situation, I am not sure if (other clubs searching for managers) helps or hinders. It depends on how the cards fall."
Bernstein revealed the FA had written up a shortlist of potential candidates, and while he refused to rush into a decision, he insisted they were keen to appoint a new manager as a matter of urgency.
"We are treating this with the greatest urgency and under no circumstances should our taking time over this be taken as anything other than dealing with it professionally and urgently," Bernstein said. "We don't believe rushing this process is going to be good for arriving at the right conclusion.
"We have now arrived at a number of target names, I would call it a flexible target list because it's not absolutely fixed in stone and we will react to events depending how events unfold. We would intend to deal with this at the back end of the season but it could be earlier, if certain things fell into place and the key appointment came, it could be earlier.
"We are also doing this treating clubs and managers with the greatest of respect, we don't want to disrupt the season of the clubs. Most of the people we are looking at are in positions and whatever we do we ought to try and do it in a way which enables clubs to finish their season with the minimum of disruption.
"Our next step is to narrow that target list down to a very small number of key people who of course we believe actually want the position. There may be other people who don't actually want this position."© PA