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Phil McNulty | 17:48 UK time, Thursday, 9 February 2012

At Wembley

Harry Redknapp may have been in his trademark pose, conducting interviews out of an open car window many miles away - but in spirit he was almost in the room with the Football Association's delegation at Wembley.

Fabio Capello's decision to quit as England manager brought the world's media to FA headquarters as chairman David Bernstein led the response with a detailed timeline of four hours on Wednesday that ended with the Italian walking away from his £6m-a-year post.

And throughout what was a measured response, Tottenham manager Redknapp played the part of the elephant in the room.

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp was cleared of tax evasion charges earlier this week. (Photo: Getty images)

The current wisdom is that there are now no obstacles to Redknapp becoming Capello's successor. He has been cleared of tax evasion - and decks and diaries have been cleared at the FA as Friday morning marks the start of the process to find the man to take England to Euro 2012.

The route to Capello's resignation was, in many respects, a peculiarly modern one. The catalyst was a Youtube clip followed by allegations that the then England captain John Terry made racist remarks to QPR's Anton Ferdinand, charges he denies.

Capello's very public disagreement with the FA board's decision to strip Terry of the captaincy then led to his departure and a fast-moving bandwagon backing the installation of Redknapp, heavily portrayed as the people's choice.

The chain of events moved with such speed that Bernstein was forced into a powerful defence against charges from the assembled media that the FA had allowed chaos to cover English football months before a major tournament.

To lose a manager in such circumstances may be regarded as careless, but there is a growing school of thought that the FA has actually been presented with an unexpected opportunity to land on its feet.

Even Bernstein, despite having to explain the disappearance of a manager at such a crucial stage, unwittingly hinted at such thinking when he said: "We are actually in a much better place than we appear to be."

For all the dignified words from both the FA and Capello, there did not appear huge regret from either party. Bernstein and his FA cohorts met Capello for an hour on Wednesday to discuss recent developments, gave each other an hour's thinking time and then came to the parting of the ways.

Redknapp, looking tired but relieved as he gazed out of that familiar rolled down window, insisted he had not thought about England. But the rest of England, it seemed, was thinking about him and inside Wembley it was no different.

If he had strayed into Bernstein's thoughts, the FA chairman was keeping it to himself - at least until he gets behind closed doors with Club England managing director Adrian Bevington, director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking and FA general secretary Alex Horne on Friday.

Bernstein delivered a slight smile when Redknapp's name was finally mentioned before producing the sort of straight bat that would have been the envy of Geoffrey Boycott.

Will England's next manager be English? "He will not definitely be English but we do have a preference for an Englishman."

No-one ruled in. No-one ruled out. A shrewd starting position for negotiations at least.

Inside and outside Wembley, where foreign television crews unable to gain access asked passers-by for a crash course on Redknapp, the Spurs manager seemed to be the only name in the frame.

The timing of approaches and appointments remained unclear, but as Bernstein outlined the qualities required to take over from Capello the image of Redknapp - already beaming from many television screens inside Wembley - came into even sharper relief.

Bernstein stressed: "There is a preference for an Englishman or a British person, but at the end we want the best person so we don't want to rule out anyone. At this stage an English or British person would have a good start."

He added: "I imagine that any manager would have detailed knowledge of English players. I would expect an experienced top man would be able to pick up the reins very quickly. So while it won't be today, we will be in a good place in quick time and the new manager of course will make his own call on the captain."

Providing his choice is not, of course, John Terry.

Redknapp, with the public support of players such as Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand, is currently being carried along on a wave of public and professional goodwill. Bernstein admitted the feelings of fans will be considered but will not automatically drive Redknapp into Wembley.

And as Bernstein reeled off the characteristics required by the man who will occupy Capello's old office, ticks appeared alongside Redknapp's name.

The mood music around Wembley struck a serious chord but hardly a sombre one. Bernstein was respectful to Capello - although he revealed telephone conversations with the Italian, whose command of the English language was not the greatest, were "not the easiest".

He stressed, in the light of Capello's public insubordination over Terry on Italian television, that this was a time when the FA "had to step up to the plate when strong leadership was required". He did not believe mistakes had been made, either in hiring Capello or in the manner of his leaving.

Indeed, he delivered what may come to be regarded as Capello's England managerial epitaph when he said: "It was certainly expensive but it wasn't a mistake."

With Sunderland's Martin O'Neill emphatically ruling himself out, genuine rivals to Redknapp appeared in short supply.

Guus Hiddink, as ever, was mentioned while West Bromwich Albion's Roy Hodgson got the vote of some traditionalists - although his chances appear remote, especially after his harrowing experience at Liverpool.

So on Friday morning, four men will gather to formulate the short-list of potential successors. Inside Wembley on Thursday it seemed many had already reduced the list to one man.


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  • Comment number 1.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 2.

    Surely the real long term issue that the FA needs to address is why there are so few top drawer English managers - there has been much focus on developing players but what about managers. Scotland and Ireland have more managers in the top clubs in the UK than England. Harry is top choice because he is the only choice.

    The new manager has to be English - no Englishman would have walked out on his country 4 months before a tournament over personal pride and ego

  • Comment number 3.

    "there is a growing school of thought that the FA has actually been presented with an unexpected opportunity to land on its feet." Or perhaps they have engineered an opportunity to get some else in.

    "the new manager of course will make his own call on the captain." So why didn't they allow the last manager to make his own call on the captain?

    "Capello's public insubordination over Terry" How was Capello insubordinate? He was the manager, it was his decision who was captain not the FA's. I don't even like Terry or Chelsea being a Spurs fan myself, nor did I particularly like Capello but 'innocent until proven guilty' is a principle of law in our country.

    The FA is an utter joke and if Harry was smart he would avoid the poison chalice of England manager at all costs, sadly I don't believe he would. If they're willing to give Spurs a large fee to get someone like Mourinho in then take him if you want.

    P.S. Was this blog something to stir debate or a short story? It looks a lot like the latter.

  • Comment number 4.

    Classic McNulty..

    Just because 'Arry has been the most successful English manager in the EPL during the 2010-11 season means he will surely lead England to glory at the Euro2012

    i remember you cheering on Hodgson for England Manager after WC2010 and defending his record at Liverpool last winter and now suddenly he isn't fit to run anything..

    the year before that Capello was the new saviour, and before that McLaren was a breath of fresh air compared to Sven...

    I guess you'd be cheering on Mike Bassett as England manager if he were to repeat his former success in Mr Clutch Cup

  • Comment number 5.

    First of all it was only 10 years or so ago the media and pundits alike were calling on the FA to get the best foreign manager in as English managers do not have the coaching or tactical nous compared to their foreign counterparts. The thought process was get the best manager in and the players will win us some silverware.

    Now it appears we are going to revert back to the tried and trusted but ultimately fail of piclkng a manager that the english media is promoting namely Mr Rednapp. He has the english qualities you say, a man manager passionate about his country just what we need.

    Absolute rubbish. I cannot wait for the first time he fails as fail he will and see the indignant English press go to task on his inability to coach world class players... World class players which we certainly dont have. Over rated over paid players yes, world class no.

    What pedifgree does Rednapp actually have? How often has he pitted himself against foreign teams on foreign soil?

    I can think of better qualified managers to lead England and even one or 2 of them are British, but in truth if we want the best we need to go abroad, once again.

  • Comment number 6.

    People want Harry Redknapp in for his attacking, attractive style of football, but they'd rather he didn't have to leave Spurs. An alternative? Ian Holloway! All-out attacking football, thoroughly English and the post-match interviews would only heighten the entertainment. We might not win any tournaments, but at least we'd enjoy the ride!

  • Comment number 7.

    The Defoe transfer from Spurs to Portsmouth and back, is now under scrutiny, so Harry may not be a shoo in for the England job after all.

  • Comment number 8.

    At his trial he has admitted he cannot manage money and that he is virtually illiterate, Is that the sort of man we want as English manager, what message does it give to the rest of the World, I do not understand this blind admiration for a wide boy to become England, all right for chavs but not for the bigheads who play for England,

  • Comment number 9.

    capello was a good qualifier, nothing more, anybody who gets the chance should get more time with the team, or a longer contract or theres no point at all.

  • Comment number 10.

    Capello wanted to go. That much is plainly obvious. By openly criticizing his employers who were paying him exorbitant amounts of money, he knew they would be left with no options. let's face it, Fabio did not care one jot for England and was only here for the money.
    I can't say I care very much who the FA appoints now. Clearly the ego's within the England team are so huge and out of control, it won't matter who is in charge. Unless they clear out the old guard, the results will be the same. Utter failure.
    If I had to pick a new manager, it would be Peter Taylor.

  • Comment number 11.

    @8 wot duz litrasey haf tu du wid futbool?

    fair point , but does the fact he cant spell or write or read stop him being a great man manager or tactition? no

  • Comment number 12.

    Totally agree with Digitels and can a man who has never won the EPL be allowed to manage England. The best is abroad (or perhaps under our noses) as follows:

    1) Arsene Wenger - ready to leave Arsenal. 3 Premier League Trophiys and led Arsenal to the UEFA and Champions League Finals (admittedly they didnt win it)

    2) Temporary for summer only and buy some time (if they will agree to it) - Jose Mourinho - ready to leave Real and desperate for a return to England. 2 X Premier League Trophys, 1xUEFA Cup, 2x Champions League. Get Jose to lead England at Euros then Redknapp takes over in September. With perhaps Jose going the other way

    3) Another Temp -Sir Alex Ferguson!!!! - unspeakable I know but this man needs no introduction - he did a similar job for Scotland at the World Cup in 86. I concede though Sir Alex probably would not accept.

  • Comment number 13.

    adkins? done wonders with the saints why not? out and out attacking style with man management and a gent to boot.

  • Comment number 14.

    Harry Redknapp did leave Portsmouth in a terrible state, look where they are now.

  • Comment number 15.

    there is only 1 foriegn manager with credentials to take england to new heights! sir alex ferguson, but, he is otherwise engaged. 25 years and nobody has ever uttered his name as our beloved savior? ridiculous

  • Comment number 16.

    The FA have done it again and Englands self destruct button has been pressed albeit earlier than usual ahead of a major tournement.
    Capello felt rightly aggrieved at being undermined by the FA over the John Terry captaincy and I don't blame him. I mean if Fenway Sports Group had told Kenny Dalglish that Steven Gerrard shouldn't be the club captain, would he have accepted that?
    The Italian has stood by his principles and fair does to him, he can walk away with reputation and dignity intact, good luck to him.
    Not sure Harry would be the right choice to succeed Capello, what has he ever won? I still have the mental and emotional scars from the Graham Taylor era, England can't just pick another flavour-of-the-month again..

  • Comment number 17.

    maxmerit thats not redknapp thats mandrich and all the other 'lucrative' wealth that has owned the place.

  • Comment number 18.

    we have the crop of young guns to take a tournament by storm just need a manager to invest in them.

  • Comment number 19.

    Not spoken to a single, solitary soul who wants Redknapp anywhere near the job.

  • Comment number 20.

    I think we should have a manager who can at least read and write. Basic literacy is not too much to ask?

  • Comment number 21.

  • Comment number 22.

    there is only 1 foriegn manager with credentials to take england to new heights! sir alex ferguson, but, he is otherwise engaged. 25 years and nobody has ever uttered his name as our beloved savior? ridiculous


    Now I've seen it all, he had a go at international management. I wouldn't call him a complete failure in his international career, just a failure. He couldn't get away from international management quick enough, he knew it was not for him.

    Just because a manager wins everything at club level it does not make them natural international managers.

  • Comment number 23.

    Rubbish FA.
    Rubbish players.
    Rubbish journalists.
    You all deserve each other.

  • Comment number 24.

    ah mind boggling thought!! mcnulty would our answer not be to send english youth to train in foreign lands picking up their 'swagger' 'style' and 'senses'? then give them to a tactition like 'arry to form ateam rather than throw some epl 'geniuses' in with eachother and watch them fade. the reason they play better for club is because they play with the mata's and silva's and nani's/valencia's that make them look good.

  • Comment number 25.

    Give the job to Alan Curbishley.

  • Comment number 26.

    @22 but he has pitted himself since that ''failure'' against the worlds best and relitively stood up to them, he spots talent in ''kids'' and makes it work if any would deserve a secound chance at national management would it not be the coveted one?

  • Comment number 27.

    Harrys England application at #21 is very amusing but tragically, pretty accurate.

  • Comment number 28.

    Providing his choice is not, of course, John Terry

    Here lie's the problem no matter who get's the job - he can't make decisions which should solely be down to the manager.

  • Comment number 29.

    @maxmerit, you seem to be hung up on his literature skills you post the same comments several times on several blogs. still not sold on thinking ones learning abilty with regards to reading writing etc... makes them less qualified to tell others how to run whilst kicking a ball.

  • Comment number 30.

    zboy 1989

    He showed time and time again he was not interested and thats a plus for him because he knew he could not manage in an international environment.

    The two jobs are entirely different, the history of English football has shown our most successful managers have actually won the least amount of trophies at club level. It is not a gaurantee of success at international level.

    The three most successful managers showed innovation, they could adapt rapidly, to any given situatiomn on and off the pitch, The players gave their all for the manager therefore they had supreme man management skills. They were shrewd enough to be able to pick a winning team of backroom staff. They were all different in personality but every player knew the discipline code and there was rarely a dispute.

    Only one was a top coach but they all knew a man who was was to help them.

  • Comment number 31.

    28.At 20:44 9th Feb 2012, oldwhitehart wrote:
    Providing his choice is not, of course, John Terry

    Here lie's the problem no matter who get's the job - he can't make decisions which should solely be down to the manager.

    i believe any manager with a perfectly well mind would not employ an ''alleged'' *cough RACIST to be england skipper anyway! surely anybody can see the FA have , for once, made the correct decision!!!!

  • Comment number 32.

    @ Londoner in exile returns

    point made so you want pardew or adkins in too then?

  • Comment number 33.

    I don't like the way the FA has gone about this at all. John Terry has every right to prove his innocence but to leave this hanging until July is just a joke.

    But would the England vacancy have arisen if John Terry had done the honourable thing and stepped down from the captaincy until the allegations had taken their course through the legal system?

    One final point, the England job should be part-time. I'm not a Spurs fan but I have to sympathise with the club when the architect of their rise could leave when the project is at very promising stage.

  • Comment number 34.

    As I said elsewhere, watch Spurs get the Olympic Stadium AFTER the Olympics are done as a sweetener for letting 'Arry go.

    No manager with half a brain will touch it now Bernstein's stuck his nose in where it should never have been at all. So that's game set and match to 'Arry anyway.

    It'll be just like tuning into the Sooty show and Sweep being in charge instead(especially with that bank account in the dog's name,too).

    As Harry Corbett used to say:

    Bye-Bye Children!

  • Comment number 35.

    agree with jase. its a part-time role so any manager could do it.

  • Comment number 36.

    Hats off to Mr McNulty.
    His keyboard was on fire today.
    I can't believe he's written both blogs, same day.
    Congrats, Phil. Thumbs up!!!

  • Comment number 37.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 38.

    I have to agree with anyone who finds fault with the choice of Redknapp as manager. Among other things, the press scrutiny means he'd be giving interviews in his car 24/7, and the poor man needs some quality time with his racing form, not to mention the England team.

    Wenger would actually be a good choice, as he's got a great record of developing talent. No one is likely to do much with this squad.

  • Comment number 39.

    After all the amicable explanations we've received about any allowed objection and illegal thought, I am ready to recommend Rowan Atkinson for the England job.

  • Comment number 40.

    Maybe the old guard does have to go - SG, WR, RF, JT, FL.?
    explain why rooney would be required to go arguably the teams best on his day!

  • Comment number 41.

    Also, most Spurs fans don't want to go anywhere near the white elephant they've created for the Olympics. Even w/o the track, which I believe has to stay, it wouldn't be a good home. The fact that it's not in Tottenham seals it.

  • Comment number 42.

    zboy 1989

    If I knew the answer i wouldn't be suitting here typing it.

    What i do know is, if anything is to be a success, the most important thing to know first, is what will not work, in this case who cannot manage the England team.

    Apply that to the managerial post and you can whittle it down and what your left with, maybe just maybe, will be the right choice.

    I say that because we have had a succession of managers who did not produce, their fault, not really. The real blame is laid firmly at the door of those who keep employing the wrong people, the FA seem incapable of knowing what is required for international management.

    If we ever get a successful manager it will not be by design, it will be pure luck.
    Because you need to get the basics right first and that is the FA panel.

  • Comment number 43.

    @31 - it's not about racism - it's about undermining the manager, who would take the job ? no one with a backbone.

  • Comment number 44.

    Thanks for all your early responses and the interest in the England blogs.

    Simple questions tonight.

    Is Harry Redknapp the right man to manage England?

    If he isn't let me know your alternatives - and give reasons as to why you believe they are the right men rather than Redknapp?

    And finally. Will England miss Fabio Capello?

    Feel free, as ever, to give me your other thoughts on this entire situation. They will be very welcome. Phil.

  • Comment number 45.

    Eddie Howe - England Manager in the making!!!!

  • Comment number 46.

    @31 - No charge has been levied against Terry that he is a racist. The charge is that he used racist language against another person. Just like the Suarez affair, there has to be a distinction. I don't think that either is racist, per se, or they would not be able to be in the company of players of the race they allegedly disparage. It is the perpetuating of this invalid assertion that is making matters worse.

    As to the next England manager, I say Hiddink until after the Euros. He is strong enough a personality to control the squad long enough to negotiate the customary quarter-final elimination, and then rethink the whole thing with the luxury of a little breathing space.

  • Comment number 47.

    # Londoner in exile returns,

    Are you receiving questions today?
    If yes, I have another one for you

  • Comment number 48.

    6 months time Redknapp will be a terrible manager and England fans will be whinging again.

    They never learn.

  • Comment number 49.

    "After all the amicable explanations we've received about any allowed objection and illegal thought, I am ready to recommend Rowan Atkinson for the England job."

    A good idea. The other obvious candidate, from my point of view, is me. I'm not English and have hardly played the game, but I could find someone who could get the team doing something reasonably sensible. I'm scandal free, I'd never play Lampard and Gerrard together (in fact, I probably wouldn't play either one by himself), and would look on the incessant badgering by the press as the price I have to pay for my millions.

  • Comment number 50.

    Londoner in exile returns
    for once chum i totally agree, partly because im only old enough to remember venables and keegan and you seem to have the generational knowledge ahead of my years and partly because thier true fault lies with decision making in general, they seem to lack perspective even when it comes to their hazy and bumbling on pitch rules i.e tackling so yes clear out the FA appoint motty as chief exec and put ex players in high positions that would do the trick.

  • Comment number 51.

    While the timing isn't great, I think that the right decsion has been made. Terry should never have been reinstated as England captain. All that showed was that Capello was pushed into making the decision the first time so he is obviously someone who bows to pressure.

    If he had never reinstated Terry then there would have been no issue here. The FA, In my opinion, are correct to have taken the captaincy off JT. he is not the right man to represent the England football team. unfortunately, he is the worst of a bad crowd.

    I just hope that the FA show some guts and pick the right man for the job. Not the best Englishman for the job. it needs to be someone who can take us forward, coach the players and get them playing as a team. Someone who can pick the best TEAM and not the best players then squeeze them into the team.

    I have no confidence that the FA will choose the right man, but we can only hope!

  • Comment number 52.

    The England job is a poison chalice, though for six million a year it will get all and sundry coming out of the woodwork ....
    As for the payers, all they really seem to care about is playing for and winning things with their clubs, not England, you hear them say it regularly in interviews., if I get picked I'll play. They are happy with the pressure from club fans but on a national scale they clearly cannot cope as it exposes their inadequate skill levels at this high standard. I know this is a general statement but that's how I feel some players come across.

  • Comment number 53.

    #49, RedWhiteandermblue,

    I'm also going to apply for the England job. Worked it all out. Plus, I have my assistants, my passport, my backers.

    If I miss the opportunity and Rowan Atkinson is also not preferred, I'd love to see Kenny Dalglish getting the job, just to see Liverpool fans cry their heart out for a manager, all over again but in amicable fashion.

  • Comment number 54.

    cpeskett @ 46 - good shout i didn't want to go down the race thing, but you summed it up perfectly.

  • Comment number 55.

    It's difficult not to imagine that more has gone on behind the scenes than the press is currently aware of. With a major championship on the horizon, why would the FA box Capello into an untenable corner without having a suitable replacement lined up?

    Incompetence...? Possibly!

    Maybe Capello has his eyes on another job and the FA aren't to blame for England becoming manager-less before a big tournament, but the timing (before friendlies) strikes as slightly calculated by the FA.

    Have they arranged a lucrative, temporary job-share with Tottenham perhaps?

  • Comment number 56.

    @43 and 46 to use a racist remark thus means , if directed at another human being, that u have a racist mentality and there for are racist. we all know the words but we dont use the why ? because it is wrong per say if i were to call u a c word beeb would remove andrightly so abuse of any sort is unacceptable and any1 who defends such terinology may as well dust off the pointy white hat!

  • Comment number 57.

    The question isn't will Capello be missed. The question is should the FA be interfering in the management of the team? The decision on Terry was for Capello to make, and actually I think his stance that the man is innocent until found otherwise is the correct one. The FA's behavior here sets a dangerous precedent.

  • Comment number 58.

    #44, philmcnultybbcsport,

    Hello there Mr McNulty. Hats off for the blogs. Much appreciated.
    I have a question, amicable of course and with good intentions:

    how come and both chiefs of sport and football happened to write, coincidentally and accidentally a blog, on the same day and on the same topic? !!!

    I was much surprised in the most innocent fashion.

  • Comment number 59.

    'arry?? What a joke, surely our wonderful FA will want a manager with more than one FA cup win to his name. We need a man who's had success with a poor side in europe and that man is rafa or Mr Benitez to you lot...... FACT

  • Comment number 60.


    Beckham-been there & WON it here & in Spain & in USA. Also played in Italy.

    Still playing & unlike any other candidate didn't retire from playing donkey's years ago, so knows how things are today, like them or not.

    Internationally respected person, excellent player, good family man, cut him and he bleeds English.

    What more do you want?

    If he's good enough, he's old enough.

    And for a number two-Steve Gerrard. Shrewder cookie than anyone gives him credit for and perfect foil for Becks.

  • Comment number 61.

    @ 44 philmcnultybbcsport,
    do you not have a suggestion?
    Mine would be pardew underrated wont be expected to achieve therefore pressure off straight away and that means only good can come of it surely???

  • Comment number 62.

    #60, kickoutthejams,

    Beckham is just the right guy for the job!
    He also has nice tattoos which is a plus.

  • Comment number 63.

    zboy 1989

    Yep I'm an oldie been watching football all over the world for 50 years.

    You state your only old enough to remember as far back as Venables, yet you recognise the problems too. So your age is not relevant, you can be useless at 20 or brilliant and believe me its the same for us olduns.

    I've always believed there has to be understanding to make a decision and within the FA, there appears to be no clear understanding of what is required to appoint just one man.

  • Comment number 64.

    Phil The obvious foreign coach would be the ' Special One'

    Just please make sure this almost sychophantic love in the media and football punditry have with Rednapp is not portrayed as the fans choice.

    The fans choice has not been made or asked for but rather it is an assumption ,made by those attached to the game who are arrogant enough to assume they know what we fans think.

  • Comment number 65.

    reds 19

    hiya mate whats the question

  • Comment number 66.


    if we wanted chaos and not knowing one minute to the other if all hell will break loose, then Mourinho's the guy

    Now that would be fun to watch but somehow it would end in disaster. His antics would never be tolerated. I also think it should be about on the pitch and not off the pitch or the dynamite press conference which he would give us.

  • Comment number 67.

    @ 60

    You must really hate the English to want Beckham as manager!!

    if we were going to go for a recent player, i would say Jamie Carragher. By all accounts his football knowledge is up there with the very best. Apparantly his tactical awareness is very high as well. Also, he has won everything to win on the continent.

    Not saying I want him as England coach. just think he would be a far better choice than David Beckham

  • Comment number 68.

    if he was that special he would have had europe by the throat with a good cfc team.

  • Comment number 69.

    #65, Londoner in exile returns,

    Hi there.
    As I was preparing my CV for the England job, my mind went naturally to 'Arry as the most dangerous opposition I'm going to face for the challenge, a question popped innocently and in the most amicable manner in my mind.

    Had poor, old 'Arry had an arrangement in place, like every decent lord, M.P., you name it, so that he pays his taxes to somewhere like Lichtenstein or Monaco, wouldn't he be paying less taxes than what he pays in England?

  • Comment number 70.

    if we are talking silly the i think the FA did this so the could get warnock in! behave you lot beckham stands no chance!

  • Comment number 71.

    Being England manager is one of the best jobs in the world. Sadly, you'd have to work for the FA, one of the worst employers in the world.

  • Comment number 72.

    I have a degree in sport management am i in the running phil? seems every tom dick and 'arry are up for it, why not just appoint redknapp and watch our grapes turn sour for a man as genuinely nice, and i know this , as him too.

  • Comment number 73.

    Get Glen Hoddle back - he shouldn't have gone in the first place. The Fabio saga is another another bodge-up by the FA. Why do they always do this with the England Manager's position?

  • Comment number 74.

    England job would kill Harry's career. Need to copy Wales and go for young inexperienced managers with time and no pressure on them. Or a figurehead to motivate the players for Stuart Pearce. Thinking Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Alan Shearer, Paul Ince, Martin Keown or Bobby Charlton. Leave Adkins alone hes a nice guy and staying at Saints!

  • Comment number 75.

    reds 19

    Good question but you will be suprised by the answers.

    If a UK national put money into a foreign account, if it was not earning interest there would be no deductions in that country. If there was monies earnt from the deposits they will be liable for deductions both there and in the UK where they live.

    The laws are changing all the time, here's an example, the UK have just done a deal with the Swiss. People from the UK who put money into a Swiss account will not be revealed by the Swiss banks to our HMRC but there accounts will be inspected and any deductions will automatically be taken out and given to the UK.

    Harrys case, he earnt it here in the UK and put it into an account abroad, the tax on the earnings was due in the UK, any interest gained from that money is taxable in both countries.

    If you think Harry's case is complex take a look at Hiddinks in Holland, they are still chasing him and he's already faced a court in holland and got six months which was suspended. All because he put the money into Belgium and said he was living there for X number of days per year to avoid the tax but of course he wasn't living in Belgium.

  • Comment number 76.

    Harry would make a good England manager he is entertaining would woe the media not sure if he will be able to apply the same skills on the football pitch as Englnad seems to play very old fashioned systems that are not used by the big clubs and the England managers seem to revert back to them.

    Personally the managers i would like to take the job would be Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger both these managers know the English game and both use tactics that are modern and i can see being pleasant on the eye. Hodgson had his chance to take the England job after the world cup but instead took the liverpool job so will never get the chance now to become England manager. Mourinho would make England matches more boring than Capellos reign he might get them far but the matches would be unwatchable.

    Capello will not be missed he had a easy run which im afraid has made him statistically the best manager we have had but when it came to playing real opposition teams not teams like moldova he looked out of his depth tactically.

  • Comment number 77.

    #75, Londoner in exile returns,

    Thanks a million.
    I'll need a good accountant to avoid taxation, I suppose :)

  • Comment number 78.

    I heard someone from the FA say that the next England manager would be ''ideally English or British, but must be the best person available''.

    Being ''English or British'' and the ''best person for the job'' is surely a contradiction in terms. :rollseyes:

    If the FA really wanted to break the bank for a top, top manager, then I'd look no further than Luis Aragonés. Not only did this Sun Tzu-esque tactical mastermind oversee and contribute to the sizzlingly sensational, sumptuous Spanish side which reigned supreme in Austria and Switzerland in Euro 2008, but he also exhibited exemplary conduct throughout his spell in charge of the modern-day Spanish Conquistadors.

    If the FA want to put their faith in a coach whose managerial achievements are unquestionable, and who carries no baggage with him, then look no further than Señor Aragonés.

  • Comment number 79.

    Beckham, as manager, get real he wouldn't last 2 minutes as England manager. Give him 10 years +. Harry can carry the media, the team and most of all the fans. He has shown with Spurs style of football everything any Englishman would wish for incisive football, I would happily watch an attacking ENgland team rather than the dirge over the past years except for the odd result! Spurs loss would be England's gain, ie as per Venables

  • Comment number 80.

    I personally don't want Harry to take the England job because I get the feeling that he's much more suited to club management that England management. There's no evidence to support this, he's never managed an international team. It's just an impression I get from Harry; he seems to revel of the daily involvement of managing a club. It's true the England job could be done part time but I'm not sure the FA will go for that.

    My pick for the next England manager is Gus Hiddink. He's worked wonders with South Korea, Australia and Russia and I reckon that he'd do well with England. But what I'd like to see more than anything is a manager who will drop the likes of Terry, R Ferdinand, Lampard, Gerrard and the rest of that generation and pick younger players instead.

    Now I'm going to pick up a slating for this, but I've read in a number of other places that people have said that they think Fabio Capello is a rubbish manager. This is nonsense. Fabio has a magnificent club record, the kind that you just don't get if you're rubbish. And I remember a number of the media and fans rejoicing when Fabio was given the job; this is typical of the English fans and media and I'm fed up with it. This is why these days I spend far more time caring about the Ecuadorian team (my fiancée is from Ecuador) than I do England. Also the Ecuadorian footballers aren't overpaid and over-hyped in the same way as their English counterparts. Anyway; back to Fabio. A top manager who either wasn't suited to international management, couldn't adapt to the English game, was hampered by the "quality" of the players and some of the injuries that happened, or other things as well. I wish him the very best for the future.

  • Comment number 81.

    Not a big fan of Terry or Capello, even less a fan of those that 'run' the English game.
    Isn't it a basic principle of English law, " Innocent until proven guilty" and it takes an Italian to stand up for his Captain. Well done Fabio. As for the next guy, people ask " Who would want it ?" Believe me, there are many with huge egos out there who think they can turn England in to world beaters ( and get a tidy sum doing it - taxable I presume :-)

  • Comment number 82.

    Oh one last thing to add on to the end of my previous post; I'm British (mums family from Ireland, dads family from Dorset) and I'm a Brighton fan. Just in case anyone wants to come up with some weird, wonderful and colourful comments about me.

  • Comment number 83.

    Why not let Patches have a crack at it?

    if he act quick then he could probably lead England to glory in a couple of years with a starting line-up consisting of:

    Jose Enrique ,Rangel, Miquel, Cuellar
    Romeu, Crusat, Arteta, Jordi Gómez
    Rochina, Pacheco

    David Baddiel could be another option considering his versatility and the fact that he's a famous comedian and is there for qualified to perform any given task just as well as a trained professional

  • Comment number 84.

    surprised nobody has mentioned stuart pearce tbh, done resonably well as u21 gaffer, probably more passionate than anybody ever, knows all of the players especially the younger ones that have progressed through under 21 level, plus would never pick pointless players whos careers are in decline such as zamora k.davies etc like capello has. would hopefully clear out dead wood like terry and lampard to make way for likes of cahill jones smalling wilshire cleverley etc.

    dont understand the big fuss about redknapp, overated manager, and he would always pick ledley king in the hope he might manage 5 mins before getting injured.

  • Comment number 85.

    Martin O'Neil would've been ideal but job has come too late.

  • Comment number 86.

    - Roy Hodgson is the man for England.

    - He did a fantastic job at Liverpool.

    - Let's be fair, Liverpool are at best a lower tier Championship side, at worst first or second division.

    - So for Hodgson to get any points with Liverpool was a miracle

    - Roy for England

  • Comment number 87.

    Is Harry Redknapp the right man to manage England?

    Harry is the wrong person, he's flavour of the month. To correct Harry's popular myth he inherited a fantastic, yet hugely underachieving Tottenham side and has taken them to their correct level - taking into account the hugely underachieving Chelsea, United and Arsenal teams.

    If he isn't let me know your alternatives - and give reasons as to why you believe they are the right men rather than Redknapp?

    Imho I think it's irrelevant who manages England. As a footballing nation we have long standing problems in identifying a discernable playing style, tactical ineptitude aswell as unintelligent football play. Until we address this issue we are destined to tread water in (usually) the quarter finals.

    Harry sums this ignorance up perfectly, "It’s 10 per cent about the formation and 90 per cent about the players. If you have the best ones and they do their job, then they can pretty much play any way you want them to". This blog addresses his limitations up a lot better than I can:

    The closest we came to original thinking was Glenn Hoddle, since which the FA have stuck to largely populist appointments. Something that would remain the case with Harry Redknapp. Suggestions? With low expectations for the Euro's, I think the FA have the perfect opportunity to take a chance and stick by someone who is orginal in their thinking and bold in their application. Mancini perhaps? Adaptable, tactically on the money. Plus, he's always said he wants the job ... The only downside is he's probably having more fun creating history at City

    And finally. Will England miss Fabio Capello?

    Yes. I can't imagine us ever having a more successful manager managing us. And No. He highlighted our fragility. I'm sure he'll miss England even less. He always seemed constantly bemused that players we think so highly of are unable to do basic things like read the game and adapt their play.

  • Comment number 88.

    Well, no-one's come up with anyone with better credentials than Becks.

    Apart from people like Aragones who are too old/unlikely to take the job.

    And, as several people've said, successful club managers don't alwas make the transition to international managers, so it might just be to his advantage as well that he ain't even tried it at club level, so he doesn't come with expectations or baggage-and how good would that be?

  • Comment number 89.

    At 20:28 9th Feb 2012, zboy1989 wrote:

    we have the crop of young guns to take a tournament by storm just need a manager to invest in them.

    Do we ?
    They never achieved anything at U21 or U18 level. Therefore it is reasonable to expect them to under achieve in the senior squad.

  • Comment number 90.

    reds 19

    Tax is not my field but years ago, i used to do my ex father inlaws tax returns [he was a self employed builder] as a favour. Only because he started moaning about how much an accountant cost.

    Anyway after i had finished he never paid tax on his personal earnings for all the time i did them and he was permanently working. It's not morally right but certainly legal.

  • Comment number 91.

    Need a manager who wins trophies with a crap squad with only a few quality players? Look no further than Rafa Benitez!

  • Comment number 92.

    I can't believe that some people are seriously saying that Mourinho would be a possibility to take over at Tottenham when 'arry takes the England job!

    While it's understandable that some Spurs fans may spend a few moments dwelling on an illogical and fantastical dream, if anyone - outside the most deluded of Tottenham fans - thinks that such an eximious coach as José, with his track record, would remotely consider managing a tin-pot club like Tottenham Hotspur, then please stop watching football, as it's clearly not the sport for you.

    Perhaps lawn bowls would be more suitable for your sporting delectations.

  • Comment number 93.

    Mark Lawrenson could also manage England and perhaps predict us a Euro 2012 win.

    His predictions about Liverpool winning the league every season for the last 20 years have been pretty accurate.

  • Comment number 94.

    soft seat?

  • Comment number 95.


    You really think a Scotsman would take the England job? SAF has been asked before and he said he would only manage Scotland, and having already done that I doubt he would do it again.

    I would love to see Wenger but I highly doubt he would want the job, before Spurs Redknapp was in the same regard as Alan Curbishley, Steve Bruce, Martin O'Neill the list could go on. He gets a job with a very strong squad, and a good transfer budget, gets to the champions league places twice, and now he's the best England can get!

    I would rather see Ian Hollaway get the job, there would be no expectation. Maybe its about time the media were banned from bigging up something that isn't there.

  • Comment number 96.

    'The current wisdom is that there are now no obstacles to Redknapp becoming Capello's successor'

    That's right, it's not like he's currently under contract to a Premiership club challenging for the title or anything.

  • Comment number 97.

    hudd missile
    Harry is the wrong person, he's flavour of the month. To correct Harry's popular myth he inherited a fantastic, yet hugely underachieving Tottenham side and has taken them to their correct level - taking into account the hugely underachieving Chelsea, United and Arsenal teams.

    By that logic every manager including SAF has only achieved success because the rest underachieved.

    I don't know if Harry is the right man but he has many qualities to make him a candidate.

    The three most successful England managers couldn't do it all but they all had one thing in common, they knew the men who could do what they couldn't, and they used them. They had the ability to identify their own failings and do what was necessary,

    Harry has shown he can do that, if he couldn't then Spurs would still be the same old team underachieving team.

  • Comment number 98.

    At 21:53 9th Feb 2012, The_soul_patch_of_David_Villa wrote:

    f the FA really wanted to break the bank for a top, top manager, then I'd look no further than Luis Aragonés.

    Is he still alive ?
    Besides he would reinstate John Terry as captain. Judging by what he said to Reyes about Thierry Henry :)

  • Comment number 99.

    Another problem for Redknapp is that he has never really endured the pressure of managing a big team.

    With this in mind, then there's surely got to be the worry that 'arry will find the England job a bit too taxing? That being said, I have no doubt that he'll find a way around that potential problem.

  • Comment number 100.

    the FA really wanted to break the bank for a top, top manager, then I'd look no further than Luis Aragonés

    hahaha now your really trying to cause problems.


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