Harry Redknapp thought the job was his and the serialisation of his book seems to have brought out many a revelation. But how different would England's style of been under him compared to Roy Hodgson?
Yesterday it was revealed what Harry Redknapp really thought about the people that run English football, and those that declined to appoint him as England manager despite several months of trying to put himself in the frame and planning ahead to be England manager.
It was also revealed that current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could have been part of Redknapp’s coaching staff for Euro 2012.
There is no doubt that what Harry Redknapp did at Tottenham Hotspur during the time he was linked with the England post was commendable. Over a period of three years – where he took over at Spurs when they were rock bottom of the Premier League [it was doubtful they were going to stay there, the side was too good], to leading them into the Champions League and ultimately to the quarter-final stage of the competition.
To be fair to Redknapp, he made some legitimate points about the way England are playing under Roy Hodgson. The bypassing of the midfield in Euro 2012 with Joe Hart lumping the ball forward for Andy Carroll to latch on to wasn’t exactly great to watch, and has been indicative of the side’s current inability to retain possession well under Hodgson.
These two issues wouldn’t have been such a major factor under Redknapp, one feels – if anything by consulting Brendan Rodgers it would seem he would have wanted the emphasis on England to be able to control the game by retaining possession.
'I’ll admit I thought it was mine. Everyone seemed so certain, everyone I had met from all parts of the game seemed utterly convinced it was my job,' he said, as quoted by The Independent.
Spurs seemed to be riding high in the Premier League for much of the 2011/12 season but they went on an alarming run of form which saw them drop out of the title race to just scrape into fourth place – and Champions League qualification was denied because of Chelsea’s triumph in Munich.
That would have been a worry for England if he had become linked with a club job that he was interested in and he had taken his eye off the ball.
But with Hodgson – ‘more of the FA’s cup of tea’ – manager seems to be taking England in the opposite direction by playing with a deeper back line and where possession isn’t so precious. This international break will go a long way to proving whether the FA took a wrong turn or were indeed ‘clueless’ in their appointment.
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