Redknapp is Right for England, But is England Right for Redknapp?
It’s been almost two weeks since the Football Association accepted the resignation of Fabio Capello as England manager. Yet they seem no further forward in their attempts to appoint his successor.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is still the unanimous choice to take up the reins from the Italian. However judging by his relaxed attitude following his side’s 0-0 draw in the FA Cup at Stevenage yesterday it is apparent that an approach is yet to be made.
Whether it be managers, players or fans, the whole of the English game expect Redknapp to be appointed England manager in the near future, a role that many see would be the perfect finale to a successful managerial career.
Given his success at club level, more so in how he has transformed Spurs into Premier League title contenders, it seems Redknapp is right for England. This question must be asked though, is England right for Redknapp?
The former Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth and Southampton boss is enjoying his best spell in management, with his side third in the league only seven points behind leaders Manchester City with 13 games remaining.
In just over three years at White Hart Lane, Redknapp has taken Spurs from the bottom of the league to the Champions League, with this season looking likely to be his best in charge of the north Londoners.
If Redknapp is given the opportunity to progress Spurs in the manner he already has then there is little doubt they will become genuine title contenders in the not too distant future. They have arguably been the most entertaining act on the Premier League stage this season, and will feel they are just about still within a shout of this season’s title.
The success the 64-year-old gains from his approach to the game and the manner in which his team play is what makes him right for England, but will the risk be worth the reward if he was to turn his back on Spurs to fulfil his lifelong ambition of managing his country? It’s very doubtful.
To describe the national job as a poisoned chalice may be a step too far, but it can’t be denied the media scrutiny that follows the England manager can almost make the position impossible. Would it be worth giving up what he has at Spurs for this? That’s for him to decide.
If Redknapp was to take the England job and succeed it will be seen as the perfect way to end his 30 year stay in management. However, how will his a reign as national manager be deemed successful? Without being pessimistic, it’s highly unlikely England can be guided to lift either the European Championships or the World Cup in the near future. The competition is currently too great.
It will almost be impossible for Redknapp to gain anywhere near as much success as England boss as he has at Spurs, and that’s another factor he must consider before walking out of White Hart Lane. He, of course, may disagree.
Nobody will be able to stand in his way if he decides this is the right step for the next chapter of his career. For every Englishman it is a dream to manage your country. And rightfully Redknapp is no different.
It’s only a matter of time before he receives the call from the FA, everyone is certain of that. From then it will be down to him to decide where his future lies, a decision he should make with his head and not with his heart.