By Tony Alvarez
The main topic on many back pages this week and indeed on most front pages is the news that Fabio Capello quit his role as England manager.
The media seem to of unanimously decided that Harry Redknapp is the man to take over although he insists he will see out the season with Tottenham.
Many other managers have not put their name in the hat for selection and declared that they feel Harry Redknapp is the man for the job. Redknapp who it has long been known wants the job said that it would be hard to refuse, but for me the only pull of the England job is pride and I feel it could be the end of Harry Redknapp.
Obviously the pride of leading out your country on any occasion let alone at a major tournament is almost irresistible any football fan in the country will tell you that but if you look deeper its not all its cracked up to be especially for a manager like Redknapp or Pardew another manager who has been linked with the vacant position.
There are many reasons why I don’t believe the hype around the England job and why I certainly don’t believe it is right for individuals such as Redknapp or Pardew due to them both being very active day to day managers, with England as your all aware your not involved with players on a day to day basis for the majority of the year, if it’s not a tournament year your with them a week at a time maximum.
During that time it is very hard to improve players and give them the confidence they need which both Pardew and Redknapp do so well, its not just a chat in the changing rooms that gives a player belief it is months of work on the training ground too.
The reason in the title I call the position a poisoned challis is because in recent times no one has ever gone onto better themselves after being England boss, it has virtually been the end of their careers.
Euro 96 Terry Venables- Venables had an amazing tournament in 96 with England losing out in the semi finals on penalties, following the tournament he left the position and despite occasional forays back into management he never went on to big things.
World cup 98 Glenn Hoddle - Hoddle achieved a 60% win rate asEnglandboss reaching the second round of the world cup before unluckily losing toArgentinaon penalties he also qualified for Euro 2000 although he departed before the tournament.
So what next for one of the best win rate asEnglandmanager, Southampton, Tottenham (who were no where near the force they are now) and Wolves, not exactly what you would expect.
Euro 2000 Kevin Keegan- If truth be honest Keegan had an awful short lived spell as England manager so it comes as no surprise that following that he took charge of a struggling Man City side before a return to Newcastle who again were not the force they were during his earlier spell at the club.
World Cup’s 2002 & 2006 Euro 2004 Sven Goran Eriksson- Erikkson arrived as England boss as one of the most highly regarded managers in Europe due to his achievements with Italian side Lazio.
He beat a Germany side 5-1 inMunich got to the quarters of the World Cup before unlikely losing to eventual winnersBrazil.
In 2004 his side lost to eventual finalists Portugal in the quarter finals on penalties.
In 2006 his England side again lost in the quarter finals toPortugal and again on penalties this was despite being down to 10 men for the majority of the game.
Upon news he would be released from his role as England boss a huge nationwide campaign started “Save our Sven” it was unsuccessful but had backing throughout the country.
So what next for a manager whom the England fans regarded so highly? A very average Manchester City side and from there Notts Countyand then onto Leicester.
Following Sven was Steve McClaren who we don’t need to look into he was that bad its logical he never got a top job after.
That leads us to Fabio Capello who has just left the position coming in he was one of Europe’s most wanted managers, it remains to be seen where he will end up.
Finally the last reason I don’t believe the job is right for the likes of Redknapp is because everything is noticed every little mistake or error. At Tottenham or at Newcastlefor Pardew if they make a mistake its not noticed there both performing above expectation so if they slip up “it was bound to happen sometime” withEngland your constantly scrutinised.
Having said all of the above if it was my choice I would have Redknapp for the role, if anyone can install belief, confidence and pride in a bunch of able players it is Harry Redknapp however, I have a couple of problems with him.
The first is that he will clearly favour Tottenham players, he has worked with them for a number of years and knows them inside out, he will obviously not pick Huddlestone over Gerrard but if it’s a tough call the Tottenham player will get the nod.
For instance under Capello Aaron Lennon would be booking a holiday this summer if Redknapp takes over he will have his break in Poland and the Ukraine.
The second problem I have with Redknapp and its one he has highlighted this transfer window is he loves an old boy and sentiment, it’s a nice touch but when you are trying to win a tournament the last thing you want is him trying to recall the likes of Scholes or giving a clearly fading Lampard a starring role.
Last January he attempted to sign Phil Neville this year he signed Ryan Nelson at the helm of England who knows, but I certainly wouldn’t rule Beckham out.
What are your thoughts? Is Redknapp the man? Is the job a career killer? Will the old boys be pleased if Redknapp is appointed? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts
If you are on Twitter follow us @sfts1