After an awful summer for the England team following a dismal World Cup campaign many believe Fabio Capello should be moved on as many questioned his tactics, regime and selection. It would appear that the bookies favourite to succeed Capello as England coach is Harry Redknapp, are Tottenham set for an uncomfortable few weeks as the rumours gather pace?
Redknapp has already stated that the post is one that interests him:
“I’m English, who wouldn’t want to manage England?
“There’s not an Englishman – whether it’s me, Roy Hodgson or Sam Allardyce – who would turn the job down because it’s our country and we want to manage our country.
“No-one is ever going to turn that job down.”
Are these sorts of comments a come-and-get-me plea towards the FA, or just a show of patriotism from the Tottenham manager who says any manager should be proud to take charge of his country’s national team?
The White Hart Lane faithful will obviously be hoping that it is the latter, but the bookmakers think otherwise and Hodgson’s imminent arrival at Anfield to take the Liverpool hot seat will shorten the Spurs man’s odds even further.
Many people in football such as Lawrie McMenemy and former England international Paul Merson have touted Redknapp as a perfect candidate for the England job.
McMeneny believes that Redknapp is able to handle the big name players for England as he has done so well at Spurs when many initially had their reservations about him taking the job at the north London club.
The ex-Southampton manager said:
“He would be able to handle the dressing room as well as anyone and when it comes to handling the big players, Harry has proved he can do it.
“They’re all different and they don’t need coaching, but they do need managing. Harry has proved he can do that.”
Whilst Merson argues that although Capello is a proven manager it is time for a change as he argues that England’s World Cup campaign was disastrous. Merson has bemoaned England’s showing over the past few weeks as there wasn’t one single impressive performance out of their four matches, which suggests that the Italian is perhaps wrong for the role.
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Merson, the former Arsenal man, also believes that there is no better candidate for the job than the current Tottenham manager, but admits that the FA will have to pay a fortune in compensation to both the current boss and Spurs to make such a move come to pass.
“People will think I am only saying it because I’ve played for him [Harry Redknapp], but believe me everyone of those players would want to play for him.
“They need to play with the confidence that if they do give the ball away it won’t be the end of the world, they won’t get that with the manager waving his arms around, elbowing Stuart Pearce off the bench.”
As for Redknapp himself, I’d question whether it would be worth it for him to leave the Lilywhites after working so hard to earn the right to compete in the UEFA Champions League. Surely the chance to manage in the Champions League is a strong enough pull to keep ‘Arry at Spurs and away from the Three Lions position?
However, some critics in the past have questioned Redknapp’s loyalty considering his actions in the past. In 2004 Redknapp left Portsmouth to go to bitter south-coast rivals Southampton (relegated them), then he returned to Portsmouth, won the FA Cup with them then ended up walking out on them again to replace Juande Ramos at Tottenham.
Although the Tottenham fans won’t like it Redknapp is also many England fans’ favourite to take over from Capello and will hope that he can bring a younger look to the squad. Some quarters are also arguing that the next national coach should be English as someone like Redknapp may play a style which suits our players more than Capello’s laborious and predictable 442. But England had a bad experience under their last English coach Steve McClaren and have since found some stability under the current boss.
Are the Tottenham fans worried that they could lose their manager to England?
Do the England fans want Harry Redknapp as the England coach, should the FA stick with Capello, or would you prefer another candidate for the Three Lions role?