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Would Spurs Really Miss Harry If He Took Capello’s Job?

So Harry Redknapp, never one known for achieving unexpected success with a club before leaving them in the mire, is after the England job. Fabio Capello, he of the shiny suits (so you know he’s good), has announced that he will step down as England manager after Euro 2012, and the FA, in their literally infinite wisdom, have stated that they’ll be taking on an English manager after him. Because it worked out so well last time.

But what would this mean for Tottenham? Surely the man who finally managed to crack the top four would be sorely missed at White Hart Lane? Well … probably not. Redknapp managed to achieve that elusive fourth place finish in a season when big-spending City were in a transitional stage, replacing Hughes with Mancini half way through the season. It’s unlikely they’ll miss out on the top four again this season. It was the same season in which Liverpool were indescribably poor. Again, it’s unlikely they’ll be that bad this time around. Basically, the ‘race for fourth’ that came about last season was due to a series of unusually underwhelming sides in that race; and the standard won’t be that bad again.

Redknapp’s had a fair bit to spend at Spurs as well. This is a bloke who had £15million knocking around to spend on Jermaine Defoe, just one year after he left Spurs to join Portsmouth for just £6million. The same guy who’s reign at Portsmouth left them in financial dire straits after his spend-happy time there.

And what of England? Is this a move that’d work out for the national side? Again … probably not. A great deal of Redknapp’s success comes from his ability in the transfer market, and take this away from him and he could well struggle. I don’t wanna call him a “wheeler dealer”, but he’s a manager who seems to rely on building his own squad. That’s not something he can do with England; his strengths aren’t suited to international management.

As for the FA’s idea that an English manager is going to make everything better, that’s just ridiculous. They’re talking about who they’re going to employ in two years time, and they’ve already 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. Hypothetical example: I can’t see those two fighting over who gets to manage England)

Would this be a massive loss for Spurs? And would Redknapp manage to do anything with England? Personally, I doubt it on both fronts. What do you think?

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