The Independent understands that David James is set to be appointed as the new manager of League Two side Luton Side. He attended the club’s training ground on Wednesday and is closing in on his first managerial role in the English game.

The 45-year-old has been coaching with the Hatters over the past 18 months and recently completed his UEFA A License coaching qualification. The former England goalkeeper, who is also a boyhood Luton Town supporter, has already enjoyed a taste of management in the Indian Super League with Kerala Blasters, where he has player-manager. He led the club to become runners-up in the end of season play-offs.

James was also in attendance on Boxing Day as Luton suffered a 2-0 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers. He has been the odds-on favourite for the role for a few days now as well. John Still was recently sacked after some indifferent performances and results over the past year. Today he returned to Dagenham & Redbridge as manager for a third time.

Mark Tyler, the current Luton Town number one goalkeeper, has recently told Luton Today that he and the squad would support having James come in as manager. More recently James has been a television pundit on BT Sport, but is now closing in on the manager’s job with the club he supports.

James played over 50 times for the England national team, playing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He also won the League Cup with Liverpool in 1995 and also the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008. Other clubs he featured for throughout his career include West Ham United, Manchester City, Bristol City and Watford.

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