Sir Trevor Brooking has no issues with any of the contenders to be the new England manager, Football Association general secretary Alex Horne has insisted.
There have been reports that Brooking and Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager who is the overwhelming favourite to be named as Fabio Capello's successor, do not see eye-to-eye.
Brooking is the FA's director of football development and one of the four FA officials who will pick the next England manager.
But Horne, part of the quartet along with FA chairman David Bernstein and Club England managing director Adrian Bevington, has moved to quash those claims.
He said: "As far as Trevor Brooking is concerned he has never expressed a personal reservation about any of the candidates.
"I am not commenting on specific candidates and Trevor's relationship with them, other than to say he hasn't got a problem with any of the candidates."
Horne denied that the FA were causing clubs to be unsettled by not taking immediate steps to appoint a manager.
He added: "I don't accept that no. We are clearly not doing anything for a few weeks on this to be respectful of the season.
"We are working on a timetable for the back end of the season but we are not fixing that timetable.
"We have got a list of people that we are looking at and recognising that a lot of them are employed, so we are not disturbing anyone's season at the moment."
Horne said the FA would approach any club first for permission if the candidate is employed.
"I will be absolutely categoric we will go through the front door," he said. "If we make a decision that we are going for a candidate and they are employed by a club, we will go through the front door - but not yet."