FanCast columnist Johnny Moon feels it about time that Harry Redknapp is considered for the national job, if the inevitable sack falls on Steve McClaren should we fail to qualify for the Euro Championships.
Should the inexplicable happen this week and England fail to qualify for the Euro Championships then undoubtedly Steve McClaren will be relieved of his duties as National Coach? While many wouldn't be sad to see McClaren go, certainly within the press, it will bring up the conundrum of who will takeover. No doubt the usual names will be bounded around like Huddink, O'Neill, Allardyce, Curbishley and Jose Mourinho to takeover the post but there is one name that is perennially missed every time the vacancy occurs and for me is a grave injustice; isn't it about time Harry Redknapp is given consideration?
So much twaddle gets written about Old Harry, some not football related, but the truth is this guy is very talented coach whose abilities have been limited to lesser clubs while Chairman of the bigger ones search a far to the foreign climes to find a coach without a second thought of giving Harry a call and give him the opportunity to manage one of England's elite.
You ask most supporters with maybe the exception of Southampton, what they think of Harry Redknapp and you will hear nothing but praise. I know at my club West Ham, he worked wonders and could have moved us even higher if he wasn't being forced to sell our best players like Rio, Defoe, Cole, Lampard; the list is endless. He has recently turned Portsmouth from relegation certainties to the brink of challenging the top 4 in three seasons; a remarkable achievement and another glaring example of the man's abilities that are constantly overlooked.
There is a great myth within the English game that we as a country are not talented enough to pit our wits against the best sides in Europe; mostly spouted by the likes of Arsene Wenger who need to find an excuse for his transfer policy. One look at the CL is evident that our National side should be more than capable. Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all had relative success in the Premier competition with a core of English players – even Wenger had to recall Cole and Campbell for their CL final. If these players can compete with the best in Euro club competition then why not in International's? For me the answer is simple and highlighted every time I watch an England game; there is a lack of energy and motivation. No passion and no fight and its clear there is a lack of belief within the whole squad, we need a coach who can instil this; Wouldn't Harry be the answer?
It is time in this country that we stop being judgmental and the pigeon holing of certain people. Harry Redknapp has this reputation of being an old school manager who is not up with modern day coaching techniques. He is a bit of a wheeler and he isn't afraid to say it how it is? Is that what the FA would worry about? His record as manager speaks for itself and has achieved more than the likes of Allardyce or Alan Curbishley in his managerial career. It is time the FA stopped over complicating the recruitment process and just gets a man who can motivate what is a vastly talented squad. The players will respect Harry; most of the squad have played under him at some stage and he will certainly get the maximum effort at of all the players. What England manager of the last 10 years has ever been able to do that?