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Is Redknapp the man for England?

In typical Harry Redknapp fashion he has played down his own chances of getting the England job, saying that the FA 'would not offer him it' but he is refusing to rule out the post, with his latest thoughts being that you would 'have to be a traitor' to turn down the national job.

The backing that Redknapp is receiving from all quarters is growing all the time and the more people that 'rule themselves out' the greater his chances get - even his own Pompey players are now backing him, talking to The Telegraph England's 'nemesis' Niko Kranjcar said: 'He has an international team at Portsmouth.

'It would be sad to lose him but I would be happy for him because I think he would love the job and I think he would be very good.

'He likes to play football; he likes to keep the ball.

'I also heard from Slaven Bilic and the players who played under him.

'He was one of the big reasons I came here. He has proved with his results at Pompey and West Ham that he can fill that position'.

I am getting quite concerned fellas as his backing is growing and growing. His man management and motivational skills are second to none and his experience cannot be bettered.

To be honest I would like Jose Mourinho to get the job, but I do not know what the score is with him? One minute it is claimed he does not want it, the next it is said he does, but until he is offered it one way of the other we will not know but I would like to see how special 'the special one' really is...

As an England fan I would love Redknapp to be the England manager as I think he would do a fantastic job, but as an even bigger Pompey fan I would love him to stay here even more as he still has to build on the amazing job he is doing here and I pray that he does - but I am getting a little worried!

It is crazy to think that possibly the best thing to have happened to England - our failure to qualify and Spineless Steve being sacked - could well turn out to be one of the worse things to happen for Pompey?

My biggest worry is that should the FA decide they do want to speak to him if Peter Storrie maintains the threat that Pompey 'would refuse any such approach' this could lead to all sorts of trouble...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 26 2007

Time: 9:00AM

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Mourihno for me! Redknapp is the only English manager I would be tempted with. Still think he might be out of his depth at International level. But you never know!
Real Deal
Excellent article, sums up exactly what I'm thinking too. I'm hoping so much that Mourinho will get it!
tracyc
thanks tracyc :-) its certainly giving us something further to ponder with pompey hasnt it... as i say lets see just how special 'the special one' is adn see what he can do with england!
pompeyrug
Anyone but harry please?
The Rabbi
I think 'Arry could be just what England need. A real man-manager, who has proven his ability to get the best from all sorts of players, regardless of their baggage and egos. But I think it would be bad news for us if he left. He has molded this team in his image and is starting to take us places. We need a period of stability - not change. Hopefully 'Arry is a bit too outspoken for the FA's liking, and they might be put off by the lingering whisperings about bungs.
NorthStandDan
again as i said i would love him to manage england, he would do a crackin' job and turn things around - so he might not have 'won' anything, but he has worked miracles with clubs that 'arent expected' to win anything... he is no angel so that might put off the fa as you say mate... either way tho i am praying like ive never prayed before that they dont come calling for him!
pompeyrug
On 'Arry - saw the interview. He opened his trap before he had even spoken to the Portsmouth Chairman. Moments of crass indulgence like that, and too many rumours about bungs and bookmakers will seal his fate - I'll show my arse if he gets it.
Craig Cain
I hope you're right Craig - I'm getting more and more worried as he's name moves further up the bookies odds!
tracyc
The FA wouldn't touch him. The arse showing will however be in Manchester!
Craig Cain
I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing Craig. Is it a nice arse?
tracyc
i will not mention names, but i have been told by someone that i very much trust that the fa are 'launching quiet safety checks on 'arry's finances' so an interview is looking likely...
pompeyrug
its a peach babe...
Craig Cain
If Harry found out they were checking his finances surely he would tell them to stuff their job up their a***, as it implies he is bent or has been in the past. Harry is not the sort of yes person the FA would want and they will struggle if they do not change their attitude and give the manager total control of all football matters.
Owenspompey
No he would make an awful national manager. We need him, oh do we need him.
storagematt
i admire 'arry's loyalty to the england position but i just wish he wouls say i would love the england job, but its not for me - that wouldnt make him a 'traitor' it would just make him honest, we all know he would miss the day to day job anyway... dont we! besides jamie has got to come and work with him at pompey down the line anyway before he takes over when he retires!
pompeyrug
I just dont think there is an English manager good enough. Fabio Capello for me.
DeanoVilla
If it means pompey keeping 'arry it could be francis ford coppela for all i care :-)
pompeyrug
Well Jose back in the frame this morning with a thumbs up.. according to the papers that is ... long way to go yet before the FA appoint Sammy Lee
Chix
 

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