The breaking news today is that the English FA won't be naming a new England manager before the 2012 European Championships.
Unfortunately, this does nothing to quell our excitement and anxiety as speculation continues to rage over the FA's next appointment in the England hot-seat.
Much of the noise ringing around the country has been in favor of an Englishman in charge of his home nation, and this is a view endorsed by fans, players and managers alike.
The current favorite is Harry Redknapp. But when we take a step back, do we see a plethora of English-born managers who come across as ready for international management at the highest level? The unfortunate answer is no.
While country of birth might be considered important in international management, it might not be the wisest idea to rule out top-class foreign coaches just because they're not English.
Lindsay Eanet lists six possible candidates for the next England job, five of whom are English-born, in a thorough read. (As for the sole exception, I apologize to Lindsay for stealing his name.)
As a follow-up, here are five foreign candidates that the English FA would do well to consider in their next round of interviews.
They share two common attributes: They are seasoned professionals at the highest levels of professional football management; and they are fluent in English. They also do not include Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Roberto Mancini, all three of whom I believe would make excellent England managers. Alas, Euro 2012 might just come a bit too soon.
Without further ado...