ROY Hodgson is expected to be confirmed as England manager today after spending four hours at Wembley engaged in "positive" discussions with the English FA.
Hodgson arrived at just before 3pm yesterday for a meeting with FA chairman David Bernstein, chief executive Alex Horne, director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking and Club England managing director Adrian Bevington that was described as friendly, although there was no official comment.
It is conceivable that talks may have continued well into the evening.
However, with the FA mindful that the eyes of the football world were on events at the Etihad Stadium, they have instead opted to update further at some point today, with the update seemingly certain to be that Hodgson has got the job.
Certainly, FA insiders were at pains to stress Hodgson was attending a "meeting" rather than an interview, offering further proof that he remains the only man on their radar.
It is anticipated Hodgson will complete the Premier League season with West Brom before taking charge for England's two Euro 2012 warm-up games against Norway in Oslo on May 26 and Belgium, for his first game at Wembley, seven days later.