The FA are targeting former Bristol Rovers manager Ben Garner for a role as a development coach, a source has exclusively revealed to Football League World.
With serious injury preventing him from embarking on a professional playing career, Garner joined Crystal Palace in 2005, and went on to spend ten years at the club, coaching at both academy and first-team level.
Garner subsequently spent time behind the scenes with West Brom and Indian side ATK, before being handed his first first-team managerial role by Bristol Rovers in 2019.
That however, is a move that did not entirely go to plan, with Garner winning just six of his 33 games in charge of the Gas, before being sacked in November 2020 following a 4-1 defeat to Fleetwood Town that left the club 18th in the League One table, three points clear of the relegation zone.
Since then, Garner has been out of work, but it now appears as though the 40-year-old could soon be back in football.
Football League World understands that Garner is a target for the FA to take on a position as a development coach to help bring through young players for future generations.
There is of course something of a transitional period going on at academy level for the FA right now, following the recent departure of manager Aidy Boothroyd following England’s latest early exit from the Under 21 European Championships earlier this year.
Now it seems as though Garner could be set to play a part in the recovery from that, as the FA look to bring him on board to help those young players coming through the system.