Harry Redknapp was bitter with the England FA when they chose Roy Hodgson despite his own excellent form with Tottenham at the time.
Hodgson was reeling after a disappointing short stint with Liverpool. Then Redknapp was the favourite due to playing more attractive football while Hodgson is known to be conservative with two banks of four at the back.
Hodgson wasn’t too defensive for England but was never a manager accustomed to modern day attacking football. Redknapp played good football with Spurs even though he’s 69-years-old and these days the talk is about young managers.
Advisor Peter Storrie revealed Redknapp’s interest.
“Harry would be interested in talking to the FA,” Storrie told the Mirror.
“I’ve seen polls saying that he’d be the overwhelming peoples’ choice as an English candidate and when you look at his CV he has a strong track record of motivating players — he won the FA Cup with Portsmouth and took Spurs into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
“So many people agree that for so long it hasn’t been an enjoyable experience watching England. Harry would change that.
“If it’s a case of working for a couple of years alongside a younger coach, Harry wouldn’t be against that either.”
Despite England going for a local coach with their last appointment, and despite Brexit, the irony is that they are considering a foreigner this time. The FA wants the coach to have a good command of the English language, unlike previous manager Fabio Capello.
Sir Geoff Hurst has oddly backed Glenn Hoddle, who even though did well for England in 1998, has been out of management for a decade and didn’t perform well at Spurs or Wolves before that. Even stranger, Hurst believes Sam Allardyce is also a good choice.
“There are some candidates who spring to my mind who have been around – Sam Allardyce, for example.
“He is enormously experienced and it would be interesting to see what he would do, but if I had to select a candidate I think it would be Glenn Hoddle, who has said he would talk to the FA.
“We should be looking at definitely appointing an English manager. I have got to stick with my view – for me it has got to be an Englishman now. I felt years ago we should get the best man worldwide but, having seen one or two of the foreign coaches, I have changed my mind.
“But we are at a limited choice. At my time you generally selected the England manager from the outstanding manager in the First Division, but nowadays all the top clubs are managed by foreign managers,” said Hurst.