Since when has Harry Redknapp been the “people’s choice”?

Harry RedknappAlmost everywhere you turn today are articles installing Harry Redknapp as heir apparent to the England throne but, erm, why exactly? Surely it’s not because he just happens to be English? It’s just that I haven’t been able to find another decent reason.

Don’t get me wrong I don’t dislike the man; far from it actually. An episode (because they are episodes these days) of Sky Sports News isn’t the same without an interview with a grinning ‘Arry, leaning out of his car window desperately looking around for someone to interview him – provided that someone isn’t Rob Beasley, naturally.

You can also understand the media pushing him front and centre. After four years of embarrassing Capello press conferences they probably want a laugh as much as the rest of us and if “being English” is your only criteria then there aren’t exactly dozens of quality candidates lining up to take the role.

The fact that he may well be the the best-placed Englishman to do the job is a damning indictment of the English coaching system and probably says it all.

The last Englishman we had in charge of the national side was Schteve McClaren, and he was bloody useless. Before that Kevin Keegan who was only marginally better.

The right person for the job is he (or she, it could be Hope Powell right?) that is best suited to be successful in the role, not someone with a “top, top” English accent.

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About the Author: A Norwich City fan who still loves Grant Holt, just. When I visit Fortress Carrow Road I can usually be found in the Jarrold Stand with a cornish pasty in one hand and a kit-kat in the other.

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