Wednesday, February 17, 1999 Published at 19:18 GMT
Keegan in charge - for now
Keegan has achieved his dream of coaching England
Kevin Keegan will be officially unveiled as England's new part-time coach on Thursday but is expected to explain why he will do the job for only four matches.
In a joint statement between the FA and Fulham, interim FA executive director David Davies said the search for a permanent replacement for Glenn Hoddle would continue.
At a Lancaster Gate press conference, Davies told reporters: "The search for a permanent successor to Glenn starts tomorrow.
Keegan, who is to hold a news conference on Thursday, released a brief statement: "I am absolutely delighted," he said. "I'm committed to Fulham but I believe I can do a successful job for England as well.
"It will be a great thrill to work with everybody connected with the national team."
Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed welcomed the news and said: "If Kevin Keegan does as good a job for his country as he has done for Fulham so far, he will make everyone proud of the England team."
But the news he will only lead the team for the European Championship qualifiers against Poland, Sweden and Bulgaria and the friendly with Hungary had not been expected.
The 48-year-old former Newcastle and Liverpool star takes over from Howard Wilkinson, who was himself named caretaker coach a fortnight ago. Wilkinson led England during last week's 2-0 defeat by France, following the sacking of Hoddle over remarks he made concerning his belief in reincarnation.
England's first game under the new coach team will be the crucial Euro 2000 match against Poland at Wembley on March 27.