Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Redknapp: Name England boss in May

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has vowed to remain at Tottenham until the end of the season.

Redknapp is the clear favourite to replace Fabio Capello after the Italian stepped down from his position as England manager last week. Redknapp has been peppered with questions about the England job since Capello resigned last week, but now he has appealed for the FA to wait until May before making their appointment.

The Premier League season ends on May 13, and Euro 2012 starts on June 8. Redknapp said: "It would be easier for everybody (if the FA waited until the end of the season)."

He added: "Whoever they go for, they will probably be in a job anyway so it's going to be difficult for them to walk out of their clubs at this stage of the year. It wouldn't be fair, whatever happened or whoever was asked."

Redknapp has climbed to the top of the queue for the position thanks to his excellent management of Tottenham.

The 64-year-old took over three years ago when Tottenham were bottom of the Barclays Premier League, but they are now in a position to challenge for their first top-flight title since 1961.

Redknapp's men trail league leaders Manchester City by seven points and the former Portsmouth boss would be loathe to leave the club now when he believes they are on the verge of something special.

"I couldn't do anything or go anywhere now," he said. "This is where I am. I have to concentrate on Tottenham. If I didn't it wouldn't be right for the club.

"We have had a great season, I wouldn't want the players to start thinking, 'What is he doing, is he going, is he staying?'.

"I am here and I have to be until the end of the season, whatever happens. I owe it to Tottenham to keep concentrating on the end of the season, because there is so much to play for."

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