Belfast Telegraph

Redknapp cautious over England job

Harry Redknapp believes his chances of becoming the next England manager have not improved, despite the appointment of an FA chairman who is in favour of installing an English successor to Fabio Capello.

David Bernstein, whose appointment as chairman is expected to be rubber-stamped next week, admits he would prefer an Englishman to succeed Capello in 2012 with Redknapp firmly amongst the favourites for the post.

But the Tottenham boss said: "Eighteen months or two years down the line, who knows where you are going to be or who knows how well you'll be doing. Football turns week to week. If you have a bad month or six weeks then suddenly it changes. That's how it is. It depends on who's doing well at the time."

The FA have confirmed that they are considering introducing young English coaches into the England set up and Liverpool veteran Jamie Carragher has been earmarked as a potential future candidate.

Redknapp, who cut his managerial teeth with Bournemouth in the old Third Division before going on to manage a series of top-flight sides, is a fan of the idea.

"I think it's great for people like Jamie," said Redknapp.

"It's going to be harder for the top players to become managers in the future.

"When you've been earning £100,000 a week, it would be difficult to take over at a Rochdale or Bournemouth where you'll only earn £50,000 a year and take all the aggravation of it.

"It's going to be difficult for them to do that unless they are real lovers of the game."


From Belfast Telegraph