Roy Hodgson should use David James in an England coaching role – Rosenior
Leroy Rosenior believes new England boss Roy Hodgson should consider using David James as part of a new-look national coaching set-up.
Former England stopper James' two-year spell at Bristol City was brought to an end this week after being included on a list of eight players released from Ashton Gate ahead of next season.
James, 41, has indicated that he'd like to extend a playing career that has already spanned two decades for another year. Post columnist Rosenior, however, believes the experience James, who played 53 times for England, has gained after almost 800 league appearances could be useful to Hodgson as he embarks on what is expected to be a difficult job with the national team.
"I think David is already planning for a life in the game when his playing days are over," said Rosenior.
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"He's doing the UEFA 'B' badge at the moment and I'm certain David will be a fantastic coach. I'm pleased to hear that David still intends to be involved in some capacity because it would be a massive loss to the game if he were to walk away.
"What I'd like to see him do now is become involved in the England set-up. I think that it is an ideal time for that to happen following the appointment of Roy Hodgson as head coach earlier this week. The set-up needs a bit of freshening up and I'd love to see David used in some way. If I was in the FA, I'd be looking at someone like him very, very closely. He's a great professional with vast experience and would have the instant respect of the players having played so many times for England.
"People like him, who are terrific professionals, should be used somewhere at the highest levels. It's a no-brainer for me.
"David will have a lot of options and I know a lot of people say you should play for as long as you can, but an offer to become involved with England would probably be too good for him to turn down."
Rosenior, meanwhile, is not convinced by the FA's decision to hand the job of head coach Hodgson. The West Brom boss, 64, has vast experience after managing across the continent over a 40-year-period, but was somewhat of a surprise appointment ahead of long-term bookies favourite Harry Redknapp.
"If I was taking the decision on paper based on the experience of the candidates, then Roy would be my first choice by a country mile," said Rosenior.
"There is something niggling at me, however, that just makes my heart say it's not the right decision at this time. I certainly think the one thing the England players have lacked in recent times is inspiration and, for me, Harry would have been the better man to provide that."