No hurry for Harry
Oliver Kay told the Supplement that Harry Redknapp may opt to manage Spurs long-term rather than England.
Last Updated: 12/02/12 11:31am
Oliver Kay told the Supplement that Harry Redknapp may opt to manage Tottenham long-term rather than England.
Kay, chief football correspondent of the Times, believes the Spurs boss is the ideal candidate to succeed Fabio Capello but believes that, with Tottenham pushing for Premier League honours and Champions League qualification, his appointment is not a given.
"There has been an awful lot of support [for Redknapp] from the media but more significantly there has been an awful lot of support from the players - people like Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand coming out on Twitter and talking about it," said Kay.
"More interestingly perhaps you've had Tottenham players saying he'd be great for England as well as for Spurs: Jermain Defoe, Michael Dawson, Scott Parker.
"I think Redknapp is absolutely perfect for the Euros - to take over where Capello left off, to try to breathe some life into what looks like a pretty ailing campaign for England.
"But I do wonder and I do question whether the job is right for him long-term, whether it's what he wants to be doing for the next two years because I know we talk about it being the pinnacle of English football but I struggle to see it being more attractive than the Tottenham job at the moment.
"Being at Spurs Lodge on Friday at the training ground where he did his press conference he suggested it had to be all or nothing.
"But it wouldn't surprise me if he looks at the Tottenham situation, if he looks at England's long-term prospects and the prospect of lots of retirements and a fairly unappealing two-year stretch to the 2014 World Cup if England qualify and the long gaps between matches and thinks 'you know what, I'd rather continue with Spurs long time'. That's what I would do if I was Harry Redknapp."
The People reports that the Football Association may have to pay out £30m to secure the services of Redknapp and his backroom staff and while the Sunday Express says that money is no object, Kay believes the FA could find themselves in a bidding war with Spurs.
"Finance is a huge issue for the FA; these are very challenging times financially for the FA with broadcast and sponsorship and even attendance issues and challenges that those things bring about," said Kay.
"It shows how important it is that England to have a successful team for the FA to be successful; so they are going to have to think 'what are we going to have to do to get the right man?'
"But it's very difficult because the FA could turn around and say 'right, we are going to offer you the same money as Capello got'; I think initially the hope was they wouldn't have to do that. But Spurs could then offer more money; they could end up getting in a bidding war with Spurs.
"It's a situation where Spurs have the potential, the ability and the cards in their hand to make Redknapp feel very appreciated, very wanted and to give him what he wants to stay at Spurs.
"I ultimately see Redknapp being in charge at the Euros but I don't see it being that easy for the FA. People are talking about it as if it is some absolute given that Redknapp is the next England manager for the next two, four years or whatever but it can't be that easy to get him."