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Manchester City have urged The Football Association to make their intentions known with regard to Stuart Pearce.

Pearce is one of the managers in the frame to succeed England boss Sven Goran Eriksson after the World Cup finals, along with Bolton chief Sam Allardyce and Charlton coach Alan Curbishley.

Bolton and Charlton are unlikely to stand in the way of their coaches talking to The FA, but City are adamant the Soho Square top brass should show their hand.

"Stuart Pearce is manager of this club," read a City statement. "We have not received an approach from The Football Association and any other speculation regarding Stuart is rampant and unjustified."

Pearce would appear to be fully focused on club affairs, as he has revealed that he would like to send Bradley Wright-Phillips out on loan at some point this season.

The 20-year-old striker has slipped behind new signing Georgios Samaras in the pecking order and Pearce believes he will derive benefit from a spell away from Eastlands.

"I would like to send Bradley out on loan some time this season," Pearce told the club's website. "But if Georgios, Vass (Darius Vassell), Coley (Andy Cole) and Antoine (Sibierski) do well it frees me up to say to him, 'this is for your education, it is not a downward step. This is the next step up for you.'"

With Cole currently on the sidelines, Wright-Phillips is likely to remain with City for the next month.

"With what has happened to Coley, he is certainly not going at the moment," added Pearce. "That might be a decision we make in March or April."