Wembley chiefs back U21 manager.
The Football Association will announce England U21 manager Stuart Pearce as the head coach for Great Britain for the Olympics at London 2012.
They have decided he is the right man for the job having coached the U21 side since 2007, taking them to three major European Championship Finals.
This summer’s disappointing performance in Denmark cast a cloud over Pearce’s stewardship, but he was subsequently awarded a new two-year contract, covering the Olympic period.
Even once Pearce’s appointment is confirmed, uncertainty will remain over the exact make-up of the British team.
The British Olympic Association want to field a side representative of the Home Nations and thought they had reached an agreement with the associations to do so.
This was quickly rebutted by the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish FA’s, who fear FIFA will remove their independent status and force them into a permanent British team.
But they do accept they are powerless to prevent any of their own players taking up an invitation should it be offered.
The matter is further complicated by the pledge of FA director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking that any player involved at Euro 2012 will not be included for the Olympics as well.
No decision has been made on who will coach the women’s side, although Hope Powell has long been viewed as the leading candidate.