Is England right for Harry?
By Tom Bennett
Sunday 11 Dec 2011 11:26:00
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Watching the marvellous transformation of Tottenham Hotspur from a distinctly average mid-table side into a charismatic Champions League-challenging force has seen one man plastered to everyone’s lips – Harry Redknapp.

Whether it’s the most coveted job in English football or the most poisonous chalice in the game seems irrelevant as many tip Redknapp to take the England hot-seat after this summer’s European Championships.

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With the departure of Fabio Capello, many are calling for an Englishman to take the crown and it seems that nobody can live up to the buzz that the Spurs manager is creating across the country.

Steve Bruce, Sam Allardyce and Neil Warnock have all come in and out of the spotlight but it’s only Redknapp that has cemented his position unscathed.

With the England job comes optimism, hope and passion from a nation that worship their side as if it were a religion. But with this comes the inevitable pressure that sees our country settling for nothing less than the best – something that has seen manager after manager sink under the expectations of the English public.

Redknapp’s romance with Spurs is unquestionable as he receives the upmost praise from fans and players alike. Why would the ex-Bournemouth manager turn his back on all he’s achieved in North London to face the unbearable media scrutiny of leading the country to Brazil 2014 – and then winning it?

If he succeeds he will be a hero. He’ll take a God-like stance in the eyes of the English public. But we’ve said that about every manager to take the seat since Alf set the bar in 1966 – and we all know how everyone else turned out.

But does Redknapp possess something different? His managerial career is almost immaculate and his reputation goes almost untarnished. He’s experienced almost every high in the English game and is even talking about challenging for the title with his current Tottenham squad.

He’s been showered in success since joining Spurs. He’s effectively constructed his own side and brought out the best in every one of them. He’s known as a ‘wheeler dealer’ type character but that mentality has never backfired.

Since taking over from Juande Ramos at Spurs, Redknapp has experienced Europe’s most lucrative club competition and put together an impressive assault against Europe’s elite as he saw his team reach the Quarter Finals.

With regular England squad members such as Scott Parker, Aaron Lennon, Jermaine Defoe and Kyle Walker already in his current side, the transition into the national role seems almost natural.

So has Harry taken Spurs as far as they can go? Is the England role the pinnacle and possibly the climax to the 65-year-old’s illustrious career? Nothing is confirmed yet but Redknapp shows strong signs that he may have an interest in the position.

Harry Redknapp’s career is an enviable one to say the least, but will he risk all that he’s achieved to be known and remembered by one spell as England manager that could either define or ruin one of England’s most respected men?

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