Pearce may be brushed aside by Hodgson's new broom

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Stuart Pearce's involvement with the England senior team for the European Championship this summer and beyond is in doubt as the new national manager Roy Hodgson seeks to bring in his own staff.

The former England defender, who took the team on a caretaker basis for the friendly against the Netherlands in February, met with Hodgson on Tuesday at Wembley to discuss his role this summer. Pearce is already manager of the British Olympic team at the London Games in July, as well as his job as England Under-21s coach.

There is a feeling at the Football Association that the Olympics and the Under-21s give Pearce more than enough to do already. Hodgson is also keen to bring at least two new faces to work with the senior squad.

Hodgson is hopeful of making an appointment soon to his new backroom staff. He will also need a fitness coach to replace Massimo Neri from the Capello regime. On Tuesday he spent the day at Wembley meeting as many as possible of the FA staff with direct responsibilities to the senior team.

Pearce has been part of the FA set-up since February 2007 when he was appointed Under-21s coach while still manager of Manchester City. He reached the European U21 Championship semi-final in that same year and the final of the competition two years later.

Hodgson will give his usual press conference at West Bromwich Albion's Great Barr training ground ahead of Sunday's game away against Bolton Wanderers but decided not to attend the Football Writers' Association footballer of the year awards last night in central London.