Harry Redknapp is sure to raise eyebrows by tipping Tim Sherwood as option for England job

Harry Redknapp

The former Tottenham Hotspur manager believes the ex-Spurs and Aston Villa boss could be a good choice as Roy Hodgson's replacement.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp

Speculation has already begun to rage about who will become the next England manager after Roy Hodgson's resignation following the disastrous defeat to Iceland on Monday, but no suggestion is likely to have raised as many eyebrows as Harry Redknapp's claim to BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday.

Hodgson stepped down after four years in charge immediately after the Three Lions crashed out of Euro 2016 at the last-16 stage with one of the most catastrophic defeats in their history.

Several names have been linked with the job in the 24 hours since, with England Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate reportedly emerging as a leading candidate.

England U21 manager Gareth Southgate during the press conference

However, Redknapp, who was passed over by the FA in favour of Hodgson despite publicly stating his interest, believes that Southgate would be unfit for the job as he does not have enough experience in top jobs.

There will be some irony pointed out, then, in the fact that later in the same interview with 5 Live the former Tottenham boss went on to tout ex-Spurs and Villa manager Sherwood as a potential candidate.

Redknapp told the station: "Why should [Southgate] get it in front of Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce, who are proven managers? [He] knows what system? The losing system? He knows the losing formula? I like Gareth Southgate, he's a great lad, but what's he done?

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood

"[Sherwood's] got passion, enthusiasm, I'll come and work with him all day. He's young, enthusiastic, knows the game."

Spurs and Villa fans are likely to lead the mocking response to that suggestion, given Sherwood's reputation for tactical blunders and naivety during his time at both clubs, particularly at Villa Park.

It remains to be seen who will emerge as the definitive leading candidates for the country's top job in the coming weeks, but Redknapp probably shouldn't hold his breath over his own choice.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood during the game

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