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Why We Shouldn't Rush Into Harry Appointment

Friday 10th February 2012
You couldn't have scripted it. On the day that Harry Redknapp is cleared of tax evasion charges, England manager Fabio Capello steps down. Inevitably all the talk via Twitter and in the pubs was about Harry Redknapp taking over the role. I agree, I think that out of all the English candidates he has the most potential to succeed in the job. I do though think we should wait.

Lets say that Harry Redknapp takes charge. Lets say we lose the friendlies before Euro 2012 and then have an appalling campaign, leaving the tournament in the group stages. What then? Everybody's favourite manager has proven that he wasn't up to the job. Where will the FA turn?

I would not argue against Southgate or Pearce taking England through Euro 2012 and handing Redknapp the challenge of getting us into a great position come Brazil 2014. That would be better. Using the qualifiers as a platform, Harry could mould himself a squad and a system - ideal for the World Cup.

Of course, not everybody agrees. Many people are trumpeting the Tottenham manager's horn already, including some of the players. Rio Ferdinand said via Twitter: "Harry Redknapp would be my choice by a distance." Ferdinand isn't alone in wanting the Spurs manager in charge. Wayne Rooney was the first to come out with his opinion, again via Twitter: "Harry Redknapp for me."

This is all a little unfair on Spurs isn't it? And I'm sure that chairman Daniel Levy won't let him go without a fight. Redknapp has a project at Spurs and has worked wonders with his team. Why ruin that? Currently, Spurs are an English success story.

You could argue against that though. If Redknapp was to go then surely a top coach would take over. Spurs play great football, have bags of potential and would almost certainly be playing Champions League football. Mourinho? It'll have to be somebody good.

Everybody might be gunning for Redknapp but I believe the overriding factor is the national team manager's nationality. He needs to be English. Rio Ferdinand and Rooney apparently share this view: "I think we need an English manager now, we don't need anything else lost in translation." That was Ferdinand. Rooney came out with similar: "Gutted capello has quit. Good guy and top coach. Got to be english to replace him." With the top players wanting an English man in charge then the FA have got to listen.

We've been here before though and look what happened to poor Steve McClaren. The FA can't rush the decision, whether we are all asking for Redknapp, or not.
Tom Bedford

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