Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was back in the news this week with the well-timed release of his (latest) autobiography.
In Always Managing: My Autobiography, Redknapp entertainingly recounts anecdotes and stories from his 30 years in management and, of course, looming large is his time at Tottenham and the missed opportunity of following Fabio Capello as England boss.
It's interesting to see what England's win Friday night against Montenegro has done to the press and their perception of Redknapp as a possible England manager. Overnight, Roy Hodgson has become the darling of the media - a man who was always right for the task in hand. Forget all that stuff back in 2012 when Redknapp, then Tottenham's manager, was the people's choice for the job and enjoyed the support of sports journalists far and wide (lose against Poland Tuesday, of course, and Roy will be back in the dog house).
But Redknapp's biggest mistake while at Tottenham was not hedging his bets - a bit strange for a man known to have the odd flutter.
Looking back, Harry should have come out and 100% denied any interest in the England job (even if it was something he was really after). Allowing the speculation to fester and sending mixed messages to the Tottenham fans and Chairman Daniel Levy in the end did it in for him. If Levy was looking for an excuse to trade Harry in for a younger model, he certainly found it there.
Yep, the smart thing for Harry to have done was to have ruled himself out of the job, and then sat back and awaited events. Momentum was on his side at the time. If he had done so, Redknapp might have been the man taking England to Brazil next year rather than trying to get QPR out of the Championship.
And what of Tottenham ? Have they come off any better ? Tottenham have lost their best player, spent millions to bring in new talent, got stuffed 3-0 at home by West Ham last weekend and are still slogging away in the Europa League.
Still, it's early doors for Redknapp and Tottenham this season - next term could easily see Harry back in the Prem, and Tottenham playing in a proper European competition. It's a funny old game is football.
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