Harry Redknapp thinks the Football Association should wait until the end of the season before approaching anyone to be the next England manager.
Redknapp is favourite to replace current incumbent Fabio Capello, who confirmed on Friday that he would leave his post after Euro 2012.
"It's very difficult for [the FA] to choose another manager if he's already working," the Tottenham manager said.
"It wouldn't be fair to the club. You can't do it during the season."
Fellow Premier League manager Roy Hodgson, who is in charge of West Brom, is likely competition for Redknapp, while foreign candidates could also be in the running to become England's 16th manager.
ENGLAND MANAGERS THIS CENTURY
- Kevin Keegan:
1999-2000 P18 W7 D7 L4
- Howard Wilkinson:
2000 P1 D1
- Peter Taylor:
2000 P1 L1
- Sven-Goran Eriksson:
2001-06 P67 W40 D17 L10
- Steve McLaren:
2006-07 P18, W9 D4 L5
- Fabio Capello:
2008-11 P37 W24 D7 L6
P - played, W - won, D - drawn, L - lost
Spurs have won five successive league games and dropped only two points in their last 10 matches, leading Redknapp to be named Barclays Manager of the Month on Friday. It has also led bookmakers to shorten the odds on Redknapp becoming England boss.
However, he added: "It's difficult for a manager to agree to take over if he knows he'll be leaving his club at the end of the year.
"When managers say they'll quit at the end of the season, their form normally dips because of that. That wouldn't be an ideal situation.
"You can't do it during the season. To give it to someone who's working at a club is unfair to the club he works for."
Spurs will set a new club record in the Premier League era of six successive victories if they beat Bolton at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Scott Parker's superb form has also been recognised with the England midfielder named Barclays Player of the Month for November.