October 24, 2020

Redknapp says part-time England role possible for Euros

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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes somebody could take the England job on a part-time basis for Euro 2012, but not in the long term.

Redknapp, 64, is the favourite for the post but insists “it wouldn’t be fair” to walk out on Spurs.

Asked if someone could do the job part-time, he told Abu Dhabi Sports: “In the short term maybe it’s possible for the European Championship.

“But in the long term it’s not possible to manage a club and a national team.”

Redknapp added: “It’s difficult enough to manage in the Premier League without having to worry about managing the England team as well. You want to be watching England players play, you want to be watching the opposition.

“I think, whoever they give the job to, could only do the one job. Maybe for the Euros, it’s not such a problem but once the Euros are finished and the new season starts in England, the manager has to be a Premier League manager – if it’s someone who manages in the Premier League – or the England manager.

“To do the two jobs, it would be impossible.”

“I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t the popular choice,” added the ex-Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth and Southampton manager stated.

“I know I am, it’s been everywhere, in every paper every day.

“But it’s not an easy one. I have a good job and I work with good people and I have a good team.

“Just to walk away now, when we’re in such a good position, it wouldn’t be fair, it wouldn’t be fair on Tottenham. I have to really keep focusing on Tottenham.

“This week we have Stevenage in the Cup, then we have Man Utd, then we have Arsenal, then we have Chelsea. We have some fantastic games. It’s important time for me with Tottenham.”

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