Pearce safe in Young Lions job
Stuart Pearce's role as U21s boss is not under threat, despite England crashing out of the Euro Championship.
Last Updated: 20/06/11 12:46pm
Stuart Pearce's job as England Under-21 boss is not under threat, despite his side crashing out of the European Championship in Denmark.
The Football Association made it clear on Monday there was no chance of the new two-year contract Pearce was offered almost two months ago being withdrawn in the aftermath of the country's disappointing Group B campaign.
England arrived at the tournament as the No.1 ranked side in Europe, having reached the semi-final and final of the last two competitions.
But the Young Lions failed to win a match, prompting Pearce's team selection and tactics to come under fire.
Even so, the 49-year-old will lead them into their qualification campaign for the 2013 finals in Israel as long as he puts pen to paper.
There is always the possibility the former England left-back will decide to quit the job he has held for four years.
But he has every incentive to stay, having been all but guaranteed the job of leading Great Britain at next year's Olympics in London, which will involve a side made up largely - if not exclusively - of England age-grade players.
Pearce, who has repeatedly expressed a desire to coach the British team, said of the position on Sunday night: "It's not been ratified yet.
"Whoever the manager is, he will have some players from this age group."