Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has given his strongest indication yet that he will walk away from his post as Spurs boss and take the managerial reigns of the National side.
Tottenham have capitulated as of late, and when asked about whether his link to the England post was affecting his player’s performances, Redknapp replied bullishly, insisting that his players did not dwell over the link, nor do they care whether he was still in the job come seasons end, stating that their job is to play and train:
“They don’t care whether I’m the manager next year, they wouldn’t lose any sleep over that. Footballers are footballers: they play the game, they train every day.” – Redknapp told ESPN. “
Tottenham, have had a disastrous run of results as of late, having sat comfortable in 3rd just 7 points from previous leaders Manchester City back in January, the North London club have failed to win a game since they defeated Wigan at the end of January and statistics suggest that since Fabio Capello resigned from his post as England manager on February 8th, there is indeed strong a correlation between Redknapp’s link to the England job and Spurs’ results.
Redknapp’s quotes from the same interview, stating that the link was “Nonsense” and that “Someone else could come in here tomorrow. They don’t worry if Harry’s going to England, or if he’s going somewhere else. It doesn’t happen that way. They don’t think about that; I don’t think about it.”
Suggest that despite the noticeable impact he has on the squad, perhaps Redknapp is talking down his own influence so that he is not seen as guilty for wanting to take up job the offer as England boss.
It is also notable the way Redknapp’s own comments on the prospect of him becoming England manager have changed. When first asked about his link to the England role, Redknapp admitted to Abu Dhabi sports that he was the popular choice, but insisted that he could not simply walk away from Tottenham, with his club in such a prominent position:
“Just to walk away now, when we’re in such a good position, it wouldn’t be fair on Tottenham. “
“I have a good job and I work with good people and I have a good team. The fans have been fantastic to me.”
Having looked like Tottenham would comfortable make the Champions League and even make a cheeky run for the title, it is easy to understand why Redknapp would have want to stay. But since, Tottenham’s results have suffered and now that they no longer sit in such an established position, the uncertainties have perhaps provoked Redknapp to feel deterred and that now is the ‘time to go’.
Putting moral judgements aside; it is hard to ignore that Redknapp wants to be the the next England manager. It’s a job that pulls at Redknapps patriotic heart-strings and makes even those well known downcast droopy eyes light up with excitement and enthusiasm like giving an 18-year-old his first-team debut.
‘Arry as he’s affectionately known has already given so much to the Tottenham cause. Having taken over th club in 2008 after they finished 11th, he has revamped the squad and made them a genuine top 4 contender.
Regardless of whether he is indeed to blame for his sides’ poor run of results as of late, whether it’s now or June, expect Redknapp to be the man leading England at Euro 2012.