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Harry wont rule out England

Harry Redknapp has revealed to sky sports news that he will not rule himself out of the running to become the next England manager: 'who knows who they will appoint? I don't know, it's up to whoever appoints the job to come up with the answers.

'I don't think anybody would [rule it out], anybody would love to manage the country, for sure. But I wouldn't see it coming my way to be truthful.

'It's all ifs and buts, the only thing I am worried about is going to Birmingham on Saturday and picking up three points'.

You can understand why Redknapp would not rule out the job, this is the pinnacle for any English manager, to manager your country is something that most, probably all aspire to be when they start a managerial career.

While I cannot blame him for not ruling this out this is not something that I can see happening to be honest, at least I hope not, even though I must confess I am sitting a little less comfortable than I was now that 'the special one' Jose Mourinho has ruled himself out of the running - apparently? Although there are still probably others above him with a stronger claim.

Peter Storrie has already said that Pompey 'wouldn't welcome any approach' from the FA for Redknapp, he too spoke to sky sports news: 'Harry's just signed a new contract with us, he's very happy, we've got a successful team, fantastic season and we're concentrating on that.

'Hopefully they'll look completely the other way because we won't let them talk to him at all.

'As far as we're concerned, we wouldn't give them permission to talk to him'.

I hope that this does not turn sour, as should the FA decide they do want to speak to Redknapp if the club denied them permission we all know how stubborn he can be, so I worry how this could end up if they said no...

Either way, I hope that such an approach does not come about and that my thinking that he would not be the man the FA would want proves right - if it is not then we will have to cross that bridge, if and when we get to it.

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Date:Friday November 23 2007

Time: 9:00AM

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if harry's got half a brain then he'll remember that leaving us lot in the lurch to take up a managerial position elsewhere isn't always the best idea in the world.
The Rabbi
Can you imagine it? Lampard to start every match? God help us! In all seriousness though, hopefully there are those in the FA who would believe that Arry is at his best when he has some money to throw about for 'wheeler dealin'....not like he could bring in a posse of big name African stars if England were struggling!
Tantona
Harry is right just not to dismiss the idea, as it should be every managers target to aspire to the top job. He probabaly will be dismissed in an instance by the FA as somebody who will not do as 'THEY' want. so lets not get too worried about it. He is a top manager and would need to have a strong coaching team to help.
Owenspompey
Harry would do a top job as England manager. He is an excellent motivator, a very canny judge of players' abilities and potential, and can pick up many of the ones who's careers have fallen by the wayside. As well as tactically clever and knowing the game inside out. How many times have we thought he'd made a ricket and he has proved us wrong. You couldn't blame him for wanting it - don't think we could really expect to stand in his way. But I also agree the FA have their favourites and 'Arry's not one of them. So hopefully he won't get it. If he does - I think Tony Adams could do a good job (but I say it with my fingers crossed on both hands).
tracyc
Atleast Matty Taylor might get a look in.......
Sachas_Brother
but would he... if he wont pick him for pompey would he pick him for england? 'arry would do as good a job as most, but he certainly wouldnt be my no.1 pick - and not just becuase i dont want him to leave pompey! if people keep 'ruling themselves out' we will have to worry more - but we should be safe... 'if' the fa approach us to talk to him tho, if we say 'no' as the suggestion is all hell could break out...
pompeyrug
I think Sachas_Brother was talking about a " look in " at Pompey Rug ! - well said SB.
Toronto4Pompey
Well, Arry's already had one of the worst jobs in the world at St. Mary's, so he probably figures the England job would be a doddle.
Toronto4Pompey
what has he won as a club manager? not a lot. he has turned a lot of struggling teams round - but has not often had the chance to go one better (untill now) - can he do it? i think he can. But then, managin a country is different from manging a club. you dont see the players every day, so his man mangement would not workd so well - that, and what big africas could he buy in?
pompeycarpet
Somehwere down the line I think he would have liked the chance but I think the tiome is not right now. 10 years ago maybe but now. Anyway we bl00dy well need him more than England.
storagematt
ah i see, i get you know Sachas_Brother, yep of course at pompey - that makes sense now, d'oh!
pompeyrug
'arry's getting a hell of alot of supporting and backing from alot of people... im more nervous than i was, but still dont think he will be given the job - at least i hope not!
pompeyrug
His odds have been slashed this morning and he is now 7/1 to get the job.. there also talk of him working with Shearer .. umm I a bit worried as in a club v country situation I think I''d rather him manage our club.. It might get Peter Storrie thinking (if he isn't already) about Harry's successor .. whcih can't be a bad things... If he were to go (I don't think he will) my biggest worry would be who would replace him.. Ah weel there's months before they have to make a decision... bring back Glen Hoddle I say.... He was not sacked because of poor performances was he !!
Chix
we can all breath now, Harry has ruled out the England job saying that the club is going in the right direction and that there is too much to here now anyways :)
whitestones
but he hasnt actually ruled it out tho has he - just said he has a job to do at pompey... i just wish he would come out and say he would love the job but he doesnt want it...
pompeyrug
 

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