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Bernstein: FA to decide Pearce fate

ESPN staff
June 10, 2013
Jordan Henderson hopes that Stuart Pearce will be kept on as England Under-21 manager © PA Photos

England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce is set for showdown talks with the Football Association to determine his future as manager of the Young Lions.

The FA stated prior to the European Under-21 Championships that they would not make a decision on whether or not to extend Pearce's contract until after the tournament.

A meeting is set to be scheduled for when the England side returns from Israel and an early exit from the European competition is unlikely to help Pearce's cause.

FA chairman David Bernstein insists he has "been very impressed" with Pearce but refused to reveal the former Manchester City manager's next move.

"That was something we always said would be decided after this tournament and that hasn't changed," Bernstein said at a 'Football For All' event aimed at eliminating racism and violence from the sport.

"We will be sitting down as a Club England team in the very near future, I suspect within the next couple of weeks, to make that decision. Overall I have been very impressed with him, absolutely.

"I think his record has been good, he has won an awful lot matches, qualified regularly for tournaments. This tournament has been disappointing but I don't think it should be taken totally out of context in terms of his long-term deliveries, because on the whole he has delivered very well."

The Sun has installed former Middlesborough manager Gareth Southgate as favourite to replace Pearce, but Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is hopeful there will be no changing of the guard.

"Of course [I want Pearce to stay]," Henderson said. "He has been a brilliant manager since I've come into the [Under] 21s. Obviously you can see his record - we got to the final a few tournaments ago and lost to a good team in Germany. He has been brilliant with all of us so I would love to see him stay on."

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