Redknapp England job rumours – unsettling time for Tottenham
Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspur side are now just four points ahead of bitter North London rivals Arsenal, who have a game in hand, and Chelsea.
Consecutive Premier league losses to Arsenal, Manchester United, and a disappointing loss this weekend away to Everton, have left Spurs hanging desperately onto their third place slot.
Just weeks ago Spurs were a team flying high, with Champions league football almost a given for next season, and talk of a real title challenge. So what has gone so wrong of late at White Hart Lane?
Current England internationals, past footballing heroes, fellow managers; it seems anyone who’s anyone has been quick to declare Harry Redknapp as the best man to take over the England job, following the departure of Fabio Capello in early February.
“I think that the FA’s got an easy choice because, for everyone, it’s Harry.” – Croatia boss Slaven Bilic.
‘If the FA want to go and get him I think that eventually he’ll be their man and Harry will go and take England to the Euros, that’s what my belief is, and I think he’ll do a good job.” – Former England manager Glenn Hoddle.
The in-demand Tottenham boss is also one of a number of names that have been brandished about in contention to replace the recently axed Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, but Redknapp has himself dismissed any chance of him moving across the capital to Stamford Bridge.
Sir Alex Ferguson also revealed this past week that all Barclays Premier League managers have been gagged from endorsing Harry Redknapp’s England credentials.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy contacted the Premier League and requested that letters be sent to all top-flight managers, reminding them that they are forbidden to tout contracted managers for other jobs.
On the subject of his future with Spurs, Redknapp told reporters “I speak to Daniel (Levy) every day and he wants me to stay at the club. But at the moment he hasn’t made me an offer of a contract and I haven’t pushed him to either.”
Not quite giving the impression he has long-term plans at Tottenham. Uncertainty can cause unrest, and this is clearly evident in the white half of North London at the moment. Redknapp has not yet made any statement stating his wishes to take up the England vacancy; however the general feeling is he would most certainly relish it.
So will Redknapp answer his country’s calls for Euro 2012? Will he stay at White Hart Lane to complete his Tottenham mission? Or will he, as some have suggested, attempt to do both?
Only time will tell, but as Spurs fans will be all too aware of, time is not a luxury they have with Arsenal and Chelsea breathing down their necks ready to pounce on any more slip-ups.
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