Former England manager Glenn Hoddle believes the Football Association will want Harry Redknapp in place for Euro 2012 rather than plump for a stop-gap appointment.
The Spurs boss remains the overwhelming favourite for the national team position, although there are suggestions a temporary boss could be in charge at Euro 2012.
Stuart Pearce, who took the reins in last week's friendly against Holland, would be a logical short-term solution, while some have called for the temporary reappointment of a former England boss like Terry Venables or Hoddle.
The latter does not think such a scenario is likely and expects Redknapp to replace Fabio Capello sooner rather than later.
"Personally I think Harry will take the job and I think whoever takes the job should take it into the Euros," he told Press Association Sport.
"Whether they want to appoint a manager like myself, who has done it before and has it on a shorter term scenario, and is experienced - there aren't many around - I don't think that is going to happen.
"It would be a foreign way of looking at it. I am sure that is something other countries would look at sometimes.
"Whether we would be prepared to look at that, I don't think that will happen.
"I think they will go for Harry and I think he will become manager at the end of the season and take the team to the Euros."
While Hoddle is not expecting a call from the FA, he would love to receive one from Stamford Bridge.
The 54-year-old spent three years at the Chelsea helm during the mid-1990s, before leaving to take the England national team post.
Hoddle concedes it is likely to be given to another foreign boss, but if the west Londoners do go for a British boss he would love to be considered for the post.
"I think they will probably keep with the policy of staying foreign, I really do," he said.
"I was the last English manager to be there and that was a long, long time ago - over 15 years ago.
"That is staggering and I think they will probably go foreign, but it is strange because I loved working for the club.
"It was different then to what it is now and I only left because England came calling.
"If they were prepared to look for an English manager, I would love to go back there. I really must say that.
"I did a good job when I was there and a lot of Chelsea fans actually say when I meet them 'thanks for what you did because we started something there'.
"Chelsea hadn't done much for 27 years and they could start to see the progression that was coming very quickly. It has obviously been taken on since Ken Bates was chairman and [former vice-chairman] Matthew Harding died.
"It has been taken on with new owners and the rest is history, but I think they will go foreign."