The Football Association have enlisted specialist sports recruitment experts Nolan Partners to aid their search for the next England U21 head coach.
The deadline for applications to replace Aidy Boothroyd as Young Lions boss elapsed on Wednesday, with the FA now finalising their final shortlist ahead of the interview process.
And London-based agency Nolan Partners, who also have offices in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, have played a key role in helping English football’s governing body source candidates for the job.
The FA enlisted Nolan Partners to help replace Aidy Boothroyd as the England U21 head coach
As soon as it was confirmed Boothroyd’s contract would not be extended following England’s disastrous European U21 Championship earlier this year, the FA have been committed to holding an open recruitment process.
And while they have been receiving applications directly, the FA have employed the recruitment firm to bolster their search.
Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday that Sol Campbell had applied for the position after being invited to do so and it is understood Nolan Partners played a key role in the former England defender formally entering the process.
Sportsmail revealed that Sol Campbell (above) had applied for the England U21 role
Derby Assistant Manager Liam Rosenior is also amongst a number of names in the running
Justin Cochrane, current head coach for England’s U17s, is also understood to be among the leading contenders for the job, as is Derby coach Liam Rosenior.
Ian Foster, the current U19s head coach, will also be considered, while Steve Cooper and Paul Simpson are also contenders.
Nolan Partners have a long history of assisting recruitment at the very top of English football have previously help fill roles at the FA, Premier League, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Southampton, Aston Villa and Brighton.