In the wake of the FA’s decision to replace Fabio Capello with an English manager once the Italian steps down following Euro 2012, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has already declared an interest in the position. Redknapp stated:
“If it happened, I’ve always said that if you’re an Englishman it would be hard to turn it down because it is the pinnacle of your career. I suppose there are not many English managers around so I’ll always get a mention, along with a few of the other lads. I just want to see us do well.”
“Why do the English coaches bother doing their badges and all the work if they are never going to get a chance to manage at the top level? I would love to see an Englishman get the job when he does go. There are people out there who could do the job.”
This comes following the FA’s announcement last month that Capello’s successor would be English, and Capello confirmed recently that he would step down from his position after the tournament in Poland and Ukraine. It’d certainly be an extreme measure to shake off Redknapp’s “wheeler dealer” tag. Labrokes have made him 6/4 favourite to take over from Capello.
For me, this is a ridiculous PR move from the FA. They’re talking about who they’re going to employ in two years time, and they’ve narrowed down the pool of manager’s they’d be able to choose from quite significantly. They’re assuming that England fans’ discontent stems solely from the fact that Capello is Italian, and that all the problems England have had under him are solely communicative problems. Are they still going to be choosing between Redknapp and Stuart Pearce if Jose Mourinho or Guus Hiddink are interested? (NB. That was a hypothetical example)
What do you think? Does the England manger’s nationality concern you all that much?
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