Is Harry Redknapp the Right Man to Take the Soon to be Vacant England Post?

COS contributor Kris Robinson takes a look at the potential appointment of the White Hart Lane boss as national coach.

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Following England’s embarrassing exit from the world cup the immediate talk has been around Fabio Capello, and we now have two weeks to wait while the FA take stock and see if they want to pay him off.

So what should happen if they do?

One thing I heard banded around is that Harry Redknapp and Roy Hodgson are the joint favourites to take the seemingly impossible role on. Much of the conversation (when fabio was appointed) from the public and media, and even the FA was. “If Fabio can’t win us the World Cup (sorry Fifa World Cup) nobody can”

So I ask. Would it make any difference? And if so would ‘fleet street favourite’ Harry Redknapp do a better job?

No, is the answer you are looking for and I will tell you why.

This is a man who has left a trail of destruction and financial mess at the clubs he’s been at due to his constant need to meddle in the transfer market, and this doesn’t seem to be much different at Tottenham, despite having a very strong side he still linked with more players than he could ever need.

He can’t sign anyone for England to make the difference. Unless he somehow decides to try and persuade players like Arteta to take up citizenship.

He’s even after Joe Cole who everyone seems to rate, except the top managers in Europe.

This is a man who likes a big man and a little man up front, in a 442. Some one who prefers Crouch over someone like Roman Pavlyuchenko, who he eventually played after huge dip in Spurs form and helped him break in to the top 4.

Granted this is a good achievement considering where spurs were last year, and how teams have struggled to get there in recent years.

But is it really a surprise considering how much they have spent over the past 3 or 4 years? And how many top European players they already had at Spurs?

The people wanted 451 to get the best out of the England team……this is someone who plays 442, and plays one of his best players (Modric – who should have a free role) on the left!! Sound familiar?

This is a man who I’ve never seen change a game when things weren’t going his way. And whose team talks tend to mainly involve. “Get it out to the wide man and cross it in”.

This is a man whose biggest achievement in Europe is the Intertoto cup in 1999 with West ham (and not forgetting the Barclays Asia Trophy in 2009).

Steve McClaren had more European knowledge and success (within reason) and look how he did as England Manager.

People point fingers at the players and that they need to dropped, and Gerrard and Lampard don’t do it for England etc…..

Is this the man who’ll drop Gerrard, Terry, Rooney or even his nephew Frank Lampard?

Christ!! There’ll be a job for Jamie some where, and he’ll ‘Literally’ accept it.

Then Louise will get involved, it will be chaos.

What’s going to change?

Nothing. Darren Bent still won’t get in the side.

The obvious choice is Roy Hodgson if the worst happens.

Personally I feel we stick with Fabio and let him see it out. Or for me, look to ‘The Hiddink’….clear out the players over 30 and build our young players in to team for 4 years time and 8 years time. Seems to be working for Germany

“Where are we in relation to Europe? Not too far from Dover”

– Harry Redknapp


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