Harry Redknapp may be a short-term solution for England but TEAMtalk's Ian Watson argues that the FA have a duty to consider a bigger picture.
Despite the self-made mess England currently find themselves in, Fabio Capello walked away last night leaving the national team in better shape than how he found it.
You would not think that was the case given the joy that greeted his resignation on Fleet Street, but Capello took an either under-performing or overrated rabble and guided them through two qualification campaigns, finishing his tenure with a 67% winning rate - the best of any England manager in history.
England desperately needed a successful trouble-shooter when Capello arrived in 2008 and regardless of whether or not they paid over the odds for him, they got one. The FA, though, need to consider carefully what qualities they want in their next manager before, as expected, David Bernstein drops to his knees at the feet of Harry Redknapp.
The Tottenham boss, still celebrating his win at Southwark Crown Court yesterday, has been identified as the only man for the job; not only by his friends in the press but also by numerous current England internationals, including Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand. Redknapp's appointment, if it comes, will reek of one desperate, last-ditch attempt to squeeze something - anything - out of the outgoing 'Golden Generation' at the European Championships. But the FA have a duty to think beyond the summer with their next appointment and Redknapp is not the man for the long term.
The most important event in the FA's calendar this year is not Euro 2012, but the opening of St George's Park later in the summer. The Burton-upon-Trent facility will belatedly become 'the home of English football development' and whoever becomes the first occupant of the England manager's office must give his employer more than just a winning national team.
The first England boss to work out of Burton will have wider-reaching role as a hands-on figurehead for the thousands of new and developing coaches attending the FA's 'crucible of learning'. Is Redknapp really the kind of rounded coach that can act as a role model to the tutors of tomorrow?
Redknapp's strengths are numerous and if it is his arm that Wazza, JT, Lamps and Stevie G all need to feel around them this summer to reassure them just how brilliant they are, then so be it. But beyond that, the FA and England require a more open-minded leader with broader experience in coaching and managing. You do not need to glance too far from Redknapp's current home in north London to find that man.
Arsene Wenger may not be the chest-beating Englishman that many seem to want, but having coached in the Premier League for over a decade and a half, he knows more about English football than almost anyone else and his knowledge of the world game is unquestioned. He has built some of the most talented and successful teams in the Premier League era and demonstrated that he can work within his means; a crucial skill for a national team boss.
England's biggest failing over recent years has been their constant struggle to keep possession. Wenger breeds teams who keep the ball; play out from the back; and attack with pace and creativity. The Frenchman's vision is shared by those at the FA responsibile for revolutionising the grassroots and if it is to work at the bottom of the game, it has to be seen to be tried at the top.
Redknapp may be the man of the moment and his attributes make him a good fit with the current squad. But regardless of availability, Wenger is far more suited to overseeing the development of the new England team - a side led by the likes of Jack Wilshere, Joe Hart, Phil Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - and the FA's new era at Burton.