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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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