Why would Harry Redknapp want the England job?

by Edward Watson

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

It seems like it’s almost a given that Harry Redknapp is on his way out of Tottenham – whether it be immediately or the end of the season – but what really is there for him in the England job?

Looking at the history of the job it’s notorious for tainting the careers of what were otherwise top managers. Look no further than the great Bobby Robson or Kevin Keegan – even the latest victim in Fabio Capello.

There are reasons for this as well: The main one in my eyes being that the pressure of the job is immense, in no small part due to the media. The hype in the press before every tournament builds higher and higher to the point where the team reaching anything short of the final becomes unacceptable.

But why such high expectation? The World Rankings show we’re not the best team in the world but are in a group of about five nations making up positions four through eight (I.e. Quarter finals or semi-finals given the right fixtures). The media’s belief that it’s England’s year every tournament seems to result in the side’s imminent failure. Whether this is because the pressure is too much for players and managers alike – or for others reasons; I’ve heard lack of commitment or simply not being good enough to name a couple – it’s hard to tell, but from where I’m sitting it isn’t doing the side any good.

So why would Harry Redknapp want in on this seemingly poisoned chalice? Or more to the point why would he want to leave what he’s started at Spurs?

He’s built a top quality side, is pushing for Champions League again and has a side threatening on becoming a regular feature in the top four. There’s a huge buzz around Tottenham Hotspur football club right now and it will certainly be a tough decision to walk away from that.

But, and this is a big but – as an Englishman involved in football for the best part of 50 years – how could he possibly turn down the opportunity to manage England? Poisoned chalice or not, this could ultimately become the pinnacle of Harry Redknapp’s career:

As mentioned before, the England job has a history of tainting many quality managers’ careers, but do this job well and he could be remembered as a God like figure in this country! If Harry doesn’t take this job forever he’ll live with the question ‘What if?’ lingering in the back of his mind.

He could so easily be the man that leads England to the Euro 2012 title or come home victorious as the first manager to win the World Cup for England for 48 years just as easily as he could be next in a production line of failure.

And this is why – when the inevitable question from the FA comes his way – it will be the most difficult decision Harry Redknapp has ever made in his life – because it will only go one way or the other: He’ll either be left wishing he’d stayed put at Tottenham and built on the fantastic success he’s having right now, or he will fly home from Brazil in 2014 as a national hero.

He said it himself this week that he has to do what’s best for him right now. But despite all logic suggesting that Mr Redknapp should steer clear of the England job completely – I really cannot see how he can turn such an opportunity down.

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  • One Spurs

    I stopped being an England fan, when the current crop of “superstars’..who turn out for England continually show no commitment, little quality and are a bunch of overpaid underachievers..and led by a captain with the morals of an alleycat..take a bow JT..in between having sex with a teammates wife and being a racist..what an inspirational leader of our national team.
    I’ve been a Spurs fan all my life.living with the years of expectation & a few false dawns… but always with the belief that we play football the right way.
    Harry has built on the Martin Jol beginnings and brought stability & real belief to the present squad, with a clear love of what good football is all about.

    Should he take the England job…well last summer he held Modric up as a player to whom Spurs had shown faith in and helped blossom on the Premiership stage…tugging at the loyalty heart strings and helping Daniel Levy take a firm line.If he now leaves for the England job what price loyalty and what message will the likes of Modric and others take from that.
    I think the England manager’s job is a non event nowadays.. we are not a great football team nationally..as far as I remember we have won the world cup once almost 50 ..yes fifty years ago!! and I have no memory of us winning any other international tournament European Championship et al before or since… So ‘Arry finish what you’ve started, repay the Chairmans & fans support and faith in you and enjoy the rewards of watching good football every week ,played as it should be with passion and skill & a few cock ups along the way..we are Spurs after all ..and let some other Schmuck be built up and subsequently shat on by the media when the bunch of mr averages that make up the England squad fail to perform yet again!

  • dexylongshot

    I reckon he will take it at the end of the season, he’s no spring chicken and as you say, would regret it if the chance passes him by. I love Harry as much as the next man but he is not exactly known for his loyalty and he hasn’t distanced himself from the position amid all the speculation. I fully expect him to take Tottenham into 3rd place in May and then take England to the semis in June. I think Fabio or Jose may go the other way to White Hart Lane. I wouldn’t rule out the 2 Gus’s either.

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