Harry Redknapp reveals relief over England snub
It seemed that the world and his wife wanted Harry Redknapp to manage England earlier this year, with the then-Tottenham manager the bookies favourite to replace Fabio Capello and take charge of the Three Lions.
September 15th, 2012
However, Roy Hodgson was instead installed as the new England boss and Redknapp has claimed that he was pleased the FA chose the former Fulham manager and opted against offering the 65-year-old an interview.
Redknapp told the Daily Mail: “I was enjoying my life at Tottenham and I did wonder how I would cope, if it happened, with what is part-time football. I do enjoy seeing footballers every day; being on the training ground.
“I was driving when I heard on the radio that Roy had got the job. It happened out of the blue. But I didn’t lose any sleep over it that night.
“I was almost quite relieved in a way – that I hadn’t been given a decision to make. The decision had been taken away from me.”
Redknapp feels that his Tottenham contract also posed a problem for the FA when it came to deciding whether to interview him for the post.
He said: “When I look back I think it was always going to be a problem for me. I mean, I have to be careful what I say here, but I had a contract that was very heavily loaded; that anyone who wanted to take me, we’re talking massive money in compensation.
“The FA would say that it wasn’t the reason and it wouldn’t be fair on Roy Hodgson to say I would have had the job had it not been for that. But I always felt, from day one, that it might rule me out. That it might be a problem.”