With Redknapp likely to leave for pastures new in the summer, could the special one be the man to lift Spurs into the stratosphere?
In the aftermath of last night’s shocking news of Fabio Capello’s resignation from his post as England boss, there remain a tantalising number of prospects as the manager merry-go-round moves into overdrive.
The coach on everybody’s lips right now, excluding the sulky Italian, is Harry Redknapp. Not only has he just been acquitted of some very serious tax evasion accusations, he’s the favourite for the England job and we all know what that means.
Once the press accumulates the backing of a nation as well as important figures within the footballing world, the momentum created in the media snowballs towards its inevitable conclusion. Harry Redknapp will be the next England manager. The press want it, the people want it and more importantly you get the impression that he wants it.
Popular Opinion: Twitter has now emerged as a very real tool to instigate and exasperate this momentum, with star players flocking to their computers to give their take on matters. Take Wayne Rooney for example, the Manchester United forward threw his hat in the ring immediately after the news of Capello’s departure stating his choice would indeed be Redknapp.
Not only does this attract more publicity for the ‘Harry for England’ bandwagon, it could put off other potential suitors who would most probably feel like a second choice if they were to get the job.
Levy’s Ambition: In the midst of the familiar media frenzy there remains one incredibly important figure, one who essentially holds all the cards to England’s destiny. That man is Daniel Levy. He’ll have no doubt been left exasperated at the furore surrounding his manager, not least at the comments of players like Rooney along with the assumptions of pundits and journalists alike.
He still pays Redknapp’s wages remember, and both men still have to oversee the remaining three months of a season in which Tottenham have performed exceptionally.
With the power in his hands, the outcome of this entire charade is as yet undeterminable. If Redknapp does want to lead his country however, the job he’s done for Spurs and the relationship he shares with Levy could ultimately mean that a shaking of hands and parting of ways might represent the most dignified conclusion. This scenario could be interpreted two ways. One could see it as a catastrophe for Tottenham, the beginning of a decline which would see the likes of Modric and Bale packing their bags to further their careers. Or it could be seen as a fantastic opportunity to catapult Spurs to the next level. Whilst Harry Redknapp is an exceptional manager who has performed miracles throughout his career, Jose Mourinho is a different proposition.
Availability: With the former Chelsea boss struggling to hold down the respect he deserves from current club Real Madrid and a move back to England mooted for a while now, Mourinho might just accept the challenge of transforming Spurs into a European heavyweight.
He’s known to love London life, and in accepting the role at White Hart Lane the Portuguese maestro would be handed one of the most exciting projects in world football at this moment in time. With a backbone of some of the most sought after names in the sport, the mere name of Mourinho would not only be enough to keep hold of his stars but attract new ones.
As everybody with any shred of footballing knowledge knows, Mourinho is a born winner and a top coach. He possesses all the attributes to turn any promising outfit into a group of ruthless glory hunters. Tottenham have flirted with the title race this season, snapping at the heels of the Manchester clubs. Ultimately they’ve come unstuck against their closest rivals, leaving them as the lone wolf in 3rd place. If the special one were to except the challenge and lay his hat in North London, it won’t be long until they’re leading the pack.
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