Report: Walsall eye England coach to replace Sean O'Driscoll

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England Under-20 boss Keith Downing is on Walsall's shortlist, reports say.

Former West Brom caretaker Keith Downing is in line to replace Sean O'Driscoll at Walsall, according to Monday's Sun.

O'Driscoll was sacked on Sunday following a run of just two wins in 11 matches, which has seen the Saddlers slip to fourth in the table - five points off the top two, but with a game in hand on second-place Wigan Athletic.

The former Liverpool assistant boss, who previously coached England at under-19 level, took over from Dean Smith in December and won his first game in charge to go three points off the top.

Now Walsall are lining up another Three Lions coach in Downing, who was recently put in permanent charge of the under-20 side.

Downing, a Black Country native, played over 200 times for Wolverhampton Wanderers between 1987 and 1993, and coached at rivals West Brom for six years until Tony Pulis' arrival in January 2015.

Other than his short spell in charge of the Baggies, the 50-year-old's only league management experience came at Cheltenham Town, but he was sacked in September 2008 with the Robins bottom of League One.

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