Redknapp feels England need homegrown manager

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has stated that he feels England need a home-grown manager, and that the next national selector should be someone with experience on their side.

Speculation is rife over who will replace Fabio Capello in the Three Lions hotseat, with the Spurs boss the favourite; Redknapp is concentrating on affairs at White Hart Lane for the meantime however.

“I said all along I think it needs an English manager. I think we need to give somebody a go. We’ve not achieved anything with foreign managers,” he told Sky Sports.

“Capello did okay, for sure – a bad World Cup (in 2010) – but we haven’t really torn up any trees, so why not give it to somebody from here.

“I suppose there’s not a million candidates, you know, Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce and whoever.

“And there’s some young managers like Nigel Adkins and people like that, who in the future, I’m sure, would be fantastic, but, at the moment, probably too young.

“It is an older man’s job, I think. It’s not a job for a young guy.

“It’s a great job, obviously, to be manager of your country.

“It’s difficult. At the moment, I’ve got a job to do at Tottenham and suddenly we’ve lost a couple of games.

“I’ve got to really keep concentrating on my job at Tottenham, which I do 100 per cent, and see what happens at the end of the year.

“Tottenham is my only focus, really. I want to make sure we get Champions League football this year,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight