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Thursday, 22 June, 2000, 09:23 GMT 10:23 UK
FA gives backing to Keegan

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England coach Kevin Keegan has been given the green light to begin preparing for next season's 2002 World Cup qualifiers after receiving a vote of confidence from the Football Association.

Many people have questioned Keegan's worthiness to carry on in charge of the national side after a disappointing Euro 2000 showing which saw them lose leads in two of their three group games.

FA chief executive Adam Crozier
But FA chief executive Adam Crozier has brushed aside question marks over Keegan's tactical astuteness and insists he is still the best man for the job.


"We are 100 per cent convinced that Kevin is the right man to take us forward," said Crozier.

"He talks clearly and honestly about what the problems have been and I genuinely believe Kevin is the right man to mould the team.

People should not be looking for a quick fix. Kevin has the backing of the FA

FA chief executive Adam Crozier
"Everyone needs a break to think about it but if you back someone 100 per cent, which I do, you have to back his judgement.

"People should not be looking for a quick fix. Kevin has the backing of the FA and it is certainly not for me to tell him how to go about things.

"Everyone learns from their mistakes. They learn when they go through tough times how to handle and plan for the things you would do differently."

FA chairman Geoff Thompson echoed the view that Keegan is the right man for the England job, though he said Howard Wilkinson may be of some help to him.

Thompson said: "We have got a very good technical director and a lot of good coaches.

"We have got to encourage the integration of that into the full international set-up.

"I think Kevin may need a little bit of help in that department and he would accept that himself.

"We will do all we can to help with whatever he needs and with whatever the technical department under Howard Wilkinson feel that we need to give him.

"It is about a combination of things though. We are also organising quality friendly matches against the likes of France, Italy and Spain, the right sort of matches."

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