Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has been verbally picking apart England’s eyewateringly poor display in the World Cup, and in making the predictable call for a homegrown manager, has apparently thrown his own name into the hat.
“There’s not an Englishman – whether it’s me, Roy Hodgson or Sam Allardyce – who would turn the job down”
- said Redders in an interview with TalkSport, apparently insensible of the treatment usually doled out by the media to hapless managers of the national side (cf: the turnip, the Wally with the Brolly, et al. Capello’s position will be decided within two weeks, with many believing that he’s unlikely to survive, and the rump of English managers (none of whom have won a major league title in decades) are positioning themselves for a slice from the ever-replenished cake of national disappointment.
It’s all a little bit like 2006, when the country turned against a foreign coach following a disappointing World Cup performance and installed an authentic, back-to-basics Englishman with middling success at club level, only to fail to qualify for Euro 2008 and plummet so far in confidence and verve that it required the services of, yes, a highly-paid foreign manager to pick them up again. Disturbingly, Redknapp seems unaware of this precedent, saying:
“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”
Has nobody introduced Redknapp to a certain Mr. Steve McClaren?