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FA Cooling On Harry? | 30 Million Reasons Why They May Back Off

Harry Redknapp could cost the FA £30million in compensation and wages if he is appointed as the new England manager, according to The People.

The Tottenham boss is said to have a £15million release clause written into his contract whilst he would be certain to demand a similar wage to Fabio Capello’s annual £6million salary if he succeeds the Italian.

With Redknapp likely to bring his Tottenham backroom team including Kevin Bond, Joe Jordan and Clive Allen with him, the total will reach the £30m figure.

The FA is understood to have drawn up an alternative shortlist including Jose Mourinho, Arsenal Wenger, Alan Pardew, Martin O’Neill, David Moyes and Roy Hodgson. Mourinho has hinted at an exit from Real Madrid although he may prefer a return to the Premier League Wenger has in turn been linked with Real Madrid.

With Pardew seemingly ruling himself out at this stage of his career and O’Neill also quick to acclaim Redknapp as Capello’s logical successor that would only leave Moyes and Hodgson.

The FA are unlikely to appoint a Scot to the role so former Switzerland manager Hodgson may represent the only possible alternative to Redknapp. Hodgson has rehabilitated himself at WBA following his torrid six-month spell in charge of Liverpool and arguably possesses a more impressive CV than Redknapp.

The FA would face the opprobrium of the public however with Harry the overwhelming public favourite for the job and a failure to appoint him would have echoes of Ron Greenwood’s appointment ahead of people’s choice Brian Clough in 1977.

But with the FA ever keen to keep a tight grip on their already overstretched purse strings, Redknapp’s £30million price tag may well prove too costly.

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