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Redknapp flattered to be mentioned as a candidate for the England job

posted 10 Feb 2012, 06:43 by Mpelembe Admin

Cagey Redknapp plays down talk of England jobshare.

Harry Redknapp reckons managing England in June's European Championship while still coaching at club level would be difficult to do, the Tottenham Hotspur boss said on Friday (February 10).
The 64-year-old has been so widely backed by punters to succeed Fabio Capello as the next England manager that

bookmakers William Hill and Ladbrokes are closing their books on any more bets.

Following Capello's surprise resignation several England players of the past and present along with fellow club managers have put the 64-year-old's name forward as the ideal candidate for the job.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Tottenham's league match against Newcastle United on Saturday, Redknapp said although it was nice to be linked with the England post his focus remained on Spurs, who are third in the table.

"Yes of course it's nice that people put me in the position where they think I've got a chance of getting the job and it is flattering. The other managers and that have come out and said nice things and I appreciate everybody's support really," he said.

FA Chairman David Bernstein, who began the search for a new manager on Friday, would consider a temporary coach leading England into the finals in Poland and Ukraine but Redknapp was quick to distance himself from the idea.

"It's hard enough managing a league club let alone managing your country, it's two very difficult jobs and I think your focus will have to be on one job," he told a news conference at Spurs' training ground.

"I can't take my eye off the ball at Tottenham at the moment because we're looking to get Champions League football, we're still in the FA Cup and I owe it to them to keep completely focused on the job I'm doing here."

While Redknapp is the popular choice for the job, it is no foregone conclusion he will succeed Capello, who quit after a

row with the FA over the stripping of the captaincy from John Terry.

Given his comments about a jobshare, Redknapp may have to leave Spurs at the end of the season to take the full-time reins of England for the Euros if he is offered the job and accepts it.

However, at this stage he does not want to think about the idea of quitting Tottenham, even in May.

"Things couldn't have gone better for me at Tottenham," the former West Ham United, Portsmouth and Southampton boss said.

"I enjoy my time here, the chairman's been great to me and I've been good to him as well, so it's difficult. Until the question gets asked 'would you want the job', no one has ever approached Daniel, and that's the key, he's the chairman, until he rings me up and says he's had an approach there's nothing for me even to consider."

Stuart Pearce, the manager of the England Under-21 and British Olympic team for the London 2012 Games, will be in

charge of the squad for England's friendly against Netherlands on Feb.29 and the FA has not ruled out the possibility of Pearce leading the squad at the European championship either.

Asked about Capello's four-year reign as England manager, Redknapp again talked of how "difficult" the role can be.

"You've only got to look at his record, he's one of the world's great managers," said the Londoner, who had heart

surgery in November.

"It just shows you what a difficult job it is to manage England and make a success of it when you go and get someone like Fabio Capello, who there wouldn't be too many better in the world than him, and he found it difficult.

"There's been a lot of great managers since Alf Ramsey, a list of unbelievable managers, even the great Bobby Robson who we all admired so much he found it difficult, he went through some terrible periods he got slaughtered at times."

The Spurs manager refused to say what he would do about Terry should he become England manager.

"Very difficult, difficult for John Terry. Fabio Capello stood up for what he believed in, if he didn't think it was right and he stood up for what he believed in so I wouldn't want to criticise him either. It's a difficult one for me to comment on at the moment, John's still going through all this with the trial whatever and everything else," he said.

Redknapp said he was just delighted to be back at work after a traumatic two weeks in which he has been on trial for tax evasion.

On Wednesday, a jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty on the two charges he faced following a five-year


"In everything that's happened in my life in the last little spell I've had great support from everybody. And that is important when you go through a situation like I've been through you find out who your friends are for sure."