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FA Say Stuart Pearce’s Under 21 Contract Will Not Be Renewed

Pearce has led the side to four European Under 21 Championship finals.

Pearce has led the side to four European Under 21 Championship finals.

Stuart Pearce’s tenancy as manager of England Under 21s has came to an end following a poor performance in the current European Under 21 Championship.

Pearce’s boys failed to win one game in their group, which included minnows Israel and underdogs Norway.

His contract was due to expire at the end of the summer but rumours circulated that a good showing in Israel could have meant a longer spell in charge for the former Manchester City manager.

Chairman of The FA David Bernstein told the association’s official website: “I’d like to thank Stuart Pearce for his hard work. Nobody can doubt his commitment to the job throughout his time as Under-21 Coach.

“He has done extremely well in qualifying for Finals tournaments, but after the disappointment of the past two tournaments, we believe it is time to change Coach.

“On behalf of everyone at The FA I’d like to wish Stuart well for the future.

“It is important the organisation now considers the best approach for the role of Under-21 Coach and how this works best within the overall England structure before making any new appointment.” 

Despite the team’s much-criticized performance at this year’s tournament, Pearce has led his side to four major tournament finals in his spell in charge since 2007.

Who do you think should be in charge of the under 21 side next?

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