Only hours after the embarrassment against Iceland and Roy Hodgson’s instant resignation, Harry Rednapp has been telling everybody who should and shouldn’t be considered for the England job.
Thought it was too good to be true in terms of hearing from Harry Redknapp, whether about Newcastle United transfer targets or whatever…
The former QPR boss says that the early favourite to be the next England Manager, Gareth Southgate, only knows the ‘English system’ of losing. Questioning what Southgate has ever done (Managed Middlesbrough for a couple of years and the England Under 21s), Redknapp says that ‘proven managers’ Sam Allardyce and Steve Bruce should get the job ahead of Southgate.
Typical of ‘Arry, he thinks Tim Sherwood would bring ‘passion and enthusiasm’ to the job, this is the Tim Sherwood (sacked by both Spurs and Aston Villa, lasting five and eight months respectively) who Redknapp took to Portsmouth as a player and then Spurs as his first team coach.
Harry Redknapp says he would still love to manage England but accepts he won’t get a call, though he said he would be more than happy to go in and help the likes of Tim Sherwood if he got the job.
Maybe the FA could run the recruitment process a bit like Alan Sugar’s Apprentice TV programme, have Harry Redknapp setting the contestants various challenges before deciding his winner…
Harry Redknapp talking to Radio Five Live:
“Look at what they’ve done in the past. We have had Sven-Goran Eriksson. It’s scary. They are going to make a right decision one day, but I probably won’t be alive to see it.”
“It was a long time ago I was one of the favourites, I don’t fit. I would love to manage England, but I’m a realistic person and I realise I’ve got absolutely no chance.”
Sam Allardyce & Steve Bruce:
“Why should Gareth Southgate get it in front of Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce, who are proven managers?”
On Gareth Southgate who won the Toulon tournament with the Under 21s and is said to know ‘English system and how FA works’:
“Knows what system? The losing system? He knows the losing formula?
“I like Gareth Southgate, he’s a great lad, but what has he done?”
On Glenn Hoddle:
“I think he had an idea of how he wanted to play. He would have come up with a system that we all know how we’re going to play.”
On Tim Sherwood:
“He’s got passion, enthusiasm, I’ll come and work with him all day. He is young, enthusiastic, knows the game.”