Harry Redknapp may have missed his chance to manage England
Ipswich Town legend Mick Mills believes Harry Redknapp has missed his chance to become England manager.
The Spurs boss had been hotly tipped to succeed Fabio Capello and lead England into this summer’s European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine.
However, Redknapp has yet to be approached by the FA, who have instead chosen to pursue West Brom’s out-of-contract manager, Roy Hodgson.
Mills remains a staunch supporter of Redknapp and thinks the 65-year-old will be “disappointed” that he has not been approached.
“I think he wanted the job and expected to get it so he is likely to be extremely disappointed,” said Mills.
“With regards to the (England) job I think it is curtains for Harry.
“He is not going to get it if Roy Hodgson is appointed and neither man is getting any younger.
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“But he has got to accept now that he is already in a fantastic position at Spurs although there is no question that the last three months (of speculation) have clearly affected their results.”
Hodgson is out of contract at The Hawthorns in the summer and the Baggies would therefore not be able to command compensation.
As for Redknapp, he has a year left to run on his White Hart Lane contract and Spurs would be entitled to a large fee for the man who brought Champions League football to the north London club in 2010.
“I think money has come into it,” said Mills.
“The FA have spent money unnecessarily in the past and have had their fingers burnt.
“But I also think Harry would see the England job as one where he qualified for and tried to win tournaments whereas I believe the FA have always been looking for an overlord figure for their new football (development) centre at Burton.
“I hope the FA have earmarked Roy to be England manager first and foremost.”