Fabio Capello Backs Harry Redknapp And Sam Allardyce As England Manager Replacements

Capello backs Premier League pair to replace him in England hotseat.

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Fabio Capello believes that Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp are leading the list of potential candidates to replace him when he steps down as England manager in 2012.

When asked which English managers are performing best, the Italian said: ‘In this moment Allardyce and Redknapp are doing very well because they have different players, they have good style and get results with them.

‘It is important for a coach to understand which type of players they manage and find the best style.’

Allardyce, who took Bolton into Europe and managed Newcastle before joining Blackburn, is unsure whether he would be able to adapt to the rigours of international management.

‘I can’t answer that because I haven’t been an international manager,’ said the Rovers manager who, along with Capello, was speaking at the Future Game conference at Wembley on Thursday.

‘All I do know is that from all the international managers I have spoken to it’s a complete change from what I’m doing now.

‘Fabio has talked about how he had to go from dealing with players on a day-to-day basis to having all of a sudden to deal with working with them now and again.

‘Being an international manager is all about getting the best footballers available to you who are as fit as possible and putting those players in the best formation and get a result.

‘You’d have to work out the best positions for all the players and that would be very difficult I would think. I have not been there but the pressure that they experience is immense, far bigger than they experience at their own clubs.’ (Daily Mail)

Harry Redknapp, I can understand.

The Tottenham manager has seemed to improve each season. At Portsmouth he won the FA Cup, and he has just qualified his team for the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League ahead of holders Inter Milan.

Judging by Spurs this season, he would also make England pretty exciting to watch.

Sam Allardyce though, is a different story – though the man himself clearly feels he is ready for the big time.

“I’m not suited to Bolton or Blackburn, I would be more suited to Inter or Real Madrid,” Allardyce said in September.

“It wouldn’t be a problem to me to go and manage those clubs because I would win the double or the league every time. Give me Manchester United or Chelsea and I would do the same, it wouldn’t be a problem. It’s not where I’m suited to, it’s just where I’ve been for most of the time.

“It’s not a problem to take me into the higher reaches of the Champions League or Premier League and [it] would make my job a lot easier in winning it.”

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