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Redknapp Launches Attack On FA; Says Brendan Rodgers Was Lined Up As England Asst. Manager: Nightly Soccer Report

harry redknapp1 Redknapp Launches Attack On FA; Says Brendan Rodgers Was Lined Up As England Asst. Manager: Nightly Soccer Report

QPR manager Harry Redknapp, who missed out on becoming manager of the England national team after The FA appointed Roy Hodgson, has launched a stinging attack on The FA.

Redknapp had a lot to say, and certainly didn’t hold back. One of the most interesting insights is that he had lined up Brendan Rodgers, now Liverpool manager, to be his assistant ahead of Euro 2012.

Redknapp said:

“I wouldn’t trust the FA to show me a good manager if their lives depended on it. How would they know? What clubs have they ever run? Who do they speak to who really knows the game.

“This isn’t about them giving the England job to me or Roy Hodgson, but English football being run by people who really haven’t got a clue. And they get to pick the England manager!

“Everyone said I was the people’s choice, the only choice. All the senior players seemed to be up for me to get the job. I got quite a few text messages at the time from players saying they would love me to manage England: Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry.

“I have no hard feelings towards Roy [Hodgson]. I phoned him to wish him good luck, and I meant it. He has managed some of the biggest clubs in the world.

“I hope England have the confidence to come up with a blueprint before the tournament in Brazil next summer because the last World Cup was a disaster. We should be better. Doesn’t everyone think that? I am amazed we have been so poor. For me, it comes down to identity. We don’t have any.

“England can sometimes be quite painful to watch, and I know from some of the players that it is not an enjoyable experience for them, either.

“I’ve heard a great many wonder about carrying on in international football because they get slaughtered if the result isn’t right or they don’t play well.

“They leave clubs they love — where everybody is together — go and play for England and find that this faction doesn’t like that lot, and after one off-night everybody gets ripped to pieces.

“When I was at Tottenham I had plenty of players who said, ‘I don’t want to play, pull me out of the squad, I don’t want to go.’

“I’m sure it is different with the older players. I can’t imagine Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard or Ashley Cole not wanting to turn out for their country, but I’ve known a lot of younger ones that weren’t interested.

“Times have changed. My generation would have given their right arm just to be named in the squad, but the younger ones aren’t steeped in that tradition. They can’t be bothered.”

What’s your opinion regarding what Redknapp said? Is it sour grapes, or is what he said completely true? Share your opinion in the comments section below.

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8 Responses to Redknapp Launches Attack On FA; Says Brendan Rodgers Was Lined Up As England Asst. Manager: Nightly Soccer Report

  1. R.O says:

    Harry is on point. The real problem with the FA and English Nat’l team is that the top EPL clubs have a majority of players who aren’t English and can’t play for the Nat’l tean, The team is a middle of the road team without top youth talent and even Harry couldn’t get them to the semi or final game. Look at what the Germans did back in 2002. They made the effort and focus to develop youth talent and bring them into Bundesliga teams. The Germans also play an forward moving game, unlike England who are still entrenched in a 1980/90 game.

    England lacks quality strikers and their backline is marginal. Unless the FA and the EPL take a new approach it won’t matter who the head coach is, England at most will only get the quarter finals each world cup.

  2. goatslookshifty says:

    He has burned his chances of ever becoming manager of England. I had him picked over Roy but his time has now passed. S*&t-talking your potential employers doesn’t help does it? I see one more manager after Hodgson then the introduction of the Gary Neville era.

  3. Smokey Bacon says:

    Nothing we didn’t know already from old leather face so this sounds like sour grapes. I think we might be turning the corner withe the likes of Barkley, Townsend and now Morrison appearing on the scene. It’s not all bad. Hodgson just has to have the courage to play some of these lads when it counts. Also this weekend we finally saw Phil jones in his best and only position. He is not a right back or midfielder. He is a center back. We need to stop going on about Lampard and Gerrard and play some of the new talent.

    • jtm371 says:

      could not agree more you had SG FL in their prime what do you have to show for it squat.play these young kids play Lambert they will play their asses off.what they have done for last 50 plus years have not worked so change it up.

  4. Martin J. says:

    But that’s the problem. Hodgson won’t play the youngsters. It’s also about tactics and Hodgson is old school. He isn’t innovative enough for the present. A younger manager with new ideas, Pochettino, Rodgers, Laudrup, Clarke, etc. are the types of people the FA should be looking to. Otherwise, England will qualify for the World Cup or the Euros but never win it.

  5. Dust says:

    LOL, and people wonder why Levy didn’t give him 110m to spend…what a joke.

  6. Frill Artist says:

    Bitter old fool.

  7. Steph K says:

    Redknapp using the classic internet defense of having “support through email.”

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