Redknapp wants to be fair to Tottenham

Harry Redknapp has admitted that he is the frontrunner for the England job, but stated that he will not walk out on Tottenham before the end of the season.

The FA are looking for a replacement for Fabio Capello, and the Spurs boss is the overwhelming favourite for the position given his heroics with the north London club over the last three seasons.

However, despite acknowledging that he is a real candidate for the role, Redknapp has stated that it would be unfair to leave Tottenham in their current state.

“Just to walk away now, when we’re in such a good position, it wouldn’t be fair, it wouldn’t be fair on Tottenham. I have to really keep focusing on Tottenham,” he told The Guardian.

“I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t the popular choice. I know I am, it’s been everywhere, in every paper every day But it’s not an easy one.

“I have a good job and I work with good people and I have a good team. The fans have been fantastic to me.

“This week we have Stevenage in the Cup, then we have Man United, then we have Arsenal, then we have Chelsea. We have some fantastic games. It’s an important time for me with Tottenham,” he stated.

A potential job-share between the Premier League club and The Three Lions has been mentioned, but Redknapp feels this would only be a short-term fix.

“Part-time? In the short term I think it’s possible for the European Championships. But I think in the long term it’s not possible to manage a club team and manage a national team.

“It’s difficult enough to manage in the Premier League without having to worry about managing the England team as well. You want to be watching England players play; you want to be watching the opposition.

“I think whoever they give the job to could only do the one job. Maybe for the Euros, it’s not such a problem but once the Euros are finished and the new season starts in England, the manager has to be a Premier League manager – if it’s someone who manages in the Premier League – or the England manager. To do the two jobs, it would be impossible,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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