Stuart Pearce: England Under-21 boss to leave role
England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce will not be offered a new contract by the Football Association when his deal expires at the end of June.
Pearce, 51, has been in charge of the Under-21s for the last six years.
Pearce's coaching career
Caretaker manager at Nottingham Forest
Joins Manchester City coaching staff
Succeeds Kevin Keegan as Man City manager
Becomes part-time England Under-21 manager
Sacked by Man City
U21s lose in European Championship semi-final
Named full-time U21 manager
U21s lose European Championship final 4-0 to Germany
England knocked out at group stage of European Championship
Appointed coach of Team GB side for London 2012 Olympics
Caretaker manager of senior side
Team GB lose in Olympic quarter-final
U21s lose all three group games at European Championship
FA announce Pearce's contract will not be renewed
The former Manchester City boss and his players have been criticised following England's early exit at the European Under-21 Championship this month.
"I'd like to thank Stuart Pearce for his hard work," said departing FA chairman David Bernstein.
"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."
The FA said no decision has been made on Pearce's successor.
Former Middlesbrough manager
- the bookmakers' favourite - and ex-England boss
have been linked with the post.
Michael Appleton, who worked with senior England manager Roy Hodgson and FA director of elite development Dan Ashworth at West Bromwich Albion, and recently-retired Everton midfielder Phil Neville, who was part of Pearce's backroom staff in Israel, are other possible candidates.
"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," added Bernstein.
Pearce, who was also coach of Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics, led England to four European Under-21 Championships.
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat believes that more should be done to ensure the Under-21 side has its best players more readily available.
"There has been reluctance from some managers to make their young players available. The whole set-up needs looking at," he told BBC Sport.
11 June - Pearce says England U21 players did not deliver
"Unless the FA gets tougher with leading clubs and we regard the nation's results as more important than the clubs, then we are going to continue to have problems."
Jack Rodwell, Kyle Walker, Phil Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck were all called up to the senior squad recently for friendlies against
the Republic of Ireland
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