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Does Harry Redknapp Really Want to Leave High-Flying Spurs for the England Job?

Harry Redknapp probably has his best side to date at Tottenham Hotspur, much more superior than the team that took them into the Champions League two seasons ago anyway. Spurs are flying, having won four out of their last five Premier League games – including a 4-0 win over Liverpool and a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the north London derby. They sit in sixth place in the table, with a game in hand, and could easily mount a serious challenge for fourth place, if not higher. This is an unprecedented and exciting era for the club and their fans, so does their manager really want to leave his job and take up the role of England manager, the hardest job in the country? If he does go for it, and gets it wrong, it will be very tough for him to get back to the top, as McClaren and Eriksson have shown.

The general consensus is that Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to take over from Fabio Capello when he steps down after the Euro’s next summer. Arsène Wenger, Alan Shearer and Alan Pardew are just some of the top names that have backed him, as well various high-ranking FA officials making it no secret of the fact they want to appoint an English manager. Redknapp is undoubtedly a fantastic manager. Spurs have consistently improved with him in charge and securing qualification for the Champions League two seasons ago was a massive achievement for the club. Furthermore, his progression up the managerial ladder from humble beginnings at Bournemouth means he is not an ex-pro who was automatically given a high-profile job to start his career. He has proved that he has raw talent as a manager, spending seven years at West Ham and taking the reins at Portsmouth, twice, and Southampton.

However, Redknapp’s managerial career has been solely club-based. A job in international management is a big change from the fast-paced domestic scene where he has been based for the past thirty years. Would he want to leave his club, who are looking more and more dangerous in the Premier League and rapidly becoming one of the top clubs in Europe? Redknapp must feel as if there is still a lot more he can do at Tottenham. He could bring much more success to Spurs with time. If Tottenham continue to improve, Redknapp wouldn’t want to swap his current job, for the slower-paced role of England manager, watching the Premier League from the stands. I just don’t see it happening. He is a manager that thrives off week-in week-out competition. England fans and the media have such high expectations from the national side, and I don’t think Redknapp would want to put himself in the firing line.

The current Tottenham manager has established himself as one of the country’s greatest managers, but he is yet to get to the top of his managerial career. He has the potential to win trophies at Spurs, especially with the current team he has there. Redknapp is yet to finish his job at the north London club. There are still challenges awaiting him and it will take more than a year to complete them, which he will want to do. How Tottenham get on this season – combined with England’s performance at Euro 2012 – will be what determines Redknapp’s decision, but we may well see a surprise face at the end of next summer taking over from Fabio Capello.

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  1. Dave Jones

    October 25, 2011 at 8:38 am

    If Harry Redknapp didn’t want the England job i’m certain he’d have said so a long time ago. The fact he has kept quiet about it is a big indicator that he does want the role. I personally think he is too old (65 next march) to be considered for the role. England need to look for somebody for the long term and we really should be looking towards bringing in a respected player who has worked with successful Managers. Somebody like a Paul Scholes, John Terry, David Beckham or Steven Gerrard would be our best option if we are looking for the long term and becoming serious candidates for International success.

  2. Nick

    October 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I’m new to the premier league and have chosen Tottenham as my team (based on Bill Simmon’s advice), so I don’t know much about what a manager does for a team. Does he actually matter or is it more the players they end up getting?

    • The Gaffer

      October 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Nick, that’s a deep question. I would recommend reading the book Soccernomics co-authored by Simon Kuper which will answer that question (and many other great ones).

      The Gaffer

  3. John

    October 18, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I feel that it all depends how spurs do this season, maybe a chance at the champions league would sway him

  4. trickybrkn

    October 17, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Harry would be England’s manager right now… That is if it where not for his case of tax evasion, which to this day still hangs over his head.
    There are actually two cases that have been brought against Harry. The first was for his involvement in a agents payment in 2007 whilst at Pompey. A very large sum was transferred to a bank in Monaco. Which was at first thrown out after London police illegally searched his home with improper search warrants. When the case was reopened a second agent fee came to light over the signing of Wilson Palacios from Wigan. The agent involved reported Redknapp was given £500,000 in a kick back as part of the transfer.

    I’m not taking anything away from Redknapp’s ability to manage. In fact, he is probably the one man in England who could mold this England squad into a top international squad… But… will the FA reverse its direction in regard to Redknapp? Probably not with an open case still hanging over his head.

    As for Harry… He has been lusting after the England job his entire career. He’d jump at it no matter the effects on his long term career, and lets not forget that Harry is now 64. So if he is appointed England manager, it would be his last job. I hope he gets it. I just don’t see it happening. Unless he can wrap up all of his legal issues by the end of the Euros.

  5. Fernando

    October 17, 2011 at 10:01 am

    If the FA pay him enough money, Harry’s the next England manager. If he does turn it down England will probably appoint someone who’s in over his head again.

  6. Jason

    October 17, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Redknapp always moves on from club to club. He hardly ever stays in one club for too long. That’s why he will leave Spurs in the not too distant future. He has made indications that he would like to manage England and I believe he will get his chance after the Euros. This could be Harry’s last year at Spurs and even if he doesn’t get the England job I would be surprised if he was the manager of Spurs next season.

    Harry is known to be a good man-manager and gives his players freedom on the pitch and is not a control freak. This might just give the England players more freedom to express themselves and even if they don’t win at least thy would be more entertaining. The question is do England fans want to win more than be entertained.

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