The Football Association today dismissed criticism of its efforts to pick a new manager of the English national team, insisting an appointment would be made by “2020 at the latest”.
FA chairman David Bernstein told a press conference that an initial longlist containing 7.01 billion names had been whittled down to 130,000.
In a defiant riposte to the laws of space and time, Mr Bernstein insisted a new manager would be able to improve England's fortunes at this summer's European Championships, even if he was not put in charge for another few years.
Mr Bernstein said: “I fervently believe that if, for example, we find the right man in 2018, he will still be able to have a positive influence on the 2012 European Championships.
“We keep hearing how hindsight is a wonderful thing; this could be our chance to prove it.”
Mr Bernstein denied the FA had been dragging its heels during the process to select a new England manager.
“Far from it,” he said.
“We've all been watching a lot of soccerball over the past few weeks and we're inching closer to a decision.
“There are many outstanding candidates, such as Kenny Keegan, Garth Crooks and Eileen Drury, but we can't rush into this.
“Plus we've been ever so busy recently, what with the debate about goal-line technology, and my daughter's upcoming wedding.”
Meanwhile, bookmakers have stopped taking bets on England's squad once again disgracing their country at this summer's championships, through a series of woeful performances, dressing-room bust-ups, ill-advised sexual liaisons with each other's wives and homophobic tweets.
Garth Crooks an "outstanding candidate" for England job, says FA chairman
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