Harry Redknapp: ‘I Couldn’t Turn The England Job Down’

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has made it painfully clear that he would be interested in taking the England manager’s job, should it become available at some point during the next couple of weeks.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, Redknapp said;

“The FA have got a manager and until he’s not the manager it’s difficult to talk about it.

But I’m English, who wouldn’t want to manage England? There’s not an Englishman – whether it’s me, Roy Hodgson or Sam Allardyce – who would turn the job down because it’s our country and we want to manage our country.

No one is ever going to turn that job down. If you’re English you cannot not want to manage your country.”

The 63-year-old schemer also added that the FA really should look to an English candidate to replace Capello, after both of their recent experiments with foreign coaches ended in failure;

“Could you imagine an Englishman managing the Italian national team? It doesn’t happen. The Germans are the same, they have a German manager. We’ve ended up with two foreign managers.

This guy [Capello] has a fantastic record at club level. But look, we’ve had a go with it now. When he finally moves on, in four years or whatever, surely there has to be a young guy or somebody in this country, surely we have to find a manager from England, an English manager.

I’m not talking about a Scottish manager or an Irish manager, I’m talking about an English manager because this is where we’re from, this is our country.

We should be able to produce someone who can manage the England football team and let’s be honest, they can’t do any worse than what they [Sven-Goran Eriksson and Capello] have done.”


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