Jamie - Harry will take his time
Jamie Redknapp says his father, Harry, would be in no rush to take the England job and would have a "difficult decision" to make.
Last Updated: 10/02/12 10:26am
Jamie Redknapp thinks his dad, Harry, is the "outstanding candidate" to manage England - but says it is not a given that he will take the job.
Tottenham chief Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to succeed Fabio Capello after he was cleared of tax evasion charges on Wednesday afternoon.
But Sky Sports pundit Jamie says his father will bide his time before deciding his next move - and stressed it is not inevitable that he would leave White Hart Lane if he was offered the post of national team boss.
"The attention has switched to my dad and everyone's talking about him being the next England manager," Redknapp told skysports.com. "He is the outstanding candidate and everyone wants my dad to do it, but it is up to him what he wants to do.
"The last few weeks might have changed everything; he'll take some time to digest what's gone on and enjoy his football again.
"If his ambition is to manage England and England want him, I'm sure that will be the case, but at the moment he's very happy working with Tottenham.
"They've showed him fantastic support during the trial; they've gone there every day. It will be difficult for him to decide what he wants to do."
Former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp believes outgoing boss Capello never fully gauged the English footballing mind-set and says that is a prerequisite for whoever takes over.
"Once it all kicked off this week with Fabio Capello disagreeing with the FA, I knew that his position had become untenable," added Redknapp. "I almost wondered if he manoeuvred it to be that way because I didn't always feel as if he wanted to be here.
"He hadn't managed in England before and I don't think he really understood the English mentality. It has to be someone who understands the game and knows all players; I think that was always a problem for Fabio Capello.
"He's obviously a very good manager but I never felt the job meant everything to him, and now it's the right time to have an English manager."