Clubs Come Calling For England Coaches

Last updated : 11 August 2020 By Three Lions

Paul Simpson and Keith Downing have left their roles at the Football Association to join the Bristol City backroom team.

New Ashton Gate boss Dean Holden has recognised the work both men have done with England age group sides, Downing's England Under-17's winning the European Championships in 2017 and Simpson's Under-20's lifting the World Cup the same year.

"I would like to show my appreciation for the work and contribution Paul and Keith have made to England teams and the growth of the technical division at St. George’s Park," said FA Technical Director Les Reed.

Simpson and Downing follow in the footsteps of their former colleague Steve Cooper who has just enjoyed a positive first season as Swansea City head coach, guiding the club into the Championship play-offs.

Their decision will surely be influenced by the uncertain outlook for international football in the current climate, especially below senior national team level with restrictions on overseas travel and the requirements for teams to remain in bubbles ahead of matches and tournaments.

With cost-cutting at the FA, including a 50% reduction in FA Cup prize money for 2020/21, it is hard to see the kind of funding and attention being given to this level of the game in the years to come.