Having spent April Fool’s Day witnessing his £12m man deliver a performance of such ineptitude that it could feature in a clip entitled “Mistakes to avoid if you want to make it as a professional defender”, Harry Redknapp indulged in a joke of his own yesterday by ruling himself out of the running for the England job in future…that’s if he was asked of course.
“I wouldn’t take it [the England job] now, no. Not now, not in the future,” declared Redknapp, as Roy Hodgson undoubtedly breathed a sigh of relief.
With QPR rooted in the relegation zone, seven points adrift from safety, not even Harry, a man who loves a calculated gamble in the transfer market, would bet on his side’s chances to secure Premier League football for another season. With this in mind, his statement comes across rather mistimed and so utterly pointless that it would have surely had Alan Curbishley nodding in approval somewhere.
The stage of Redknapp’s career where he had the luxury of spending his days thinking about whether he would take the England job or stick with Spurs must now be a distant memory. It is amazing how fast football moves and how quickly things can change, Harry Redknapp’s reputation seems to have taken a violent nose dive.
The positive PR that used to exist around Redknapp last season has gone amiss and a certain amount of negativity has again besieged the reputation of the East Londoner, reminiscent of his time as West Ham manager, where he was just a ‘wheeler dealer‘, an old school manager, another Dave Bassett type and not the ‘Best English manager’ or ‘best man motivator’ title that many attached to him last season.
Many had questioned the FA’s decision to approach Redknapp in the first place, claiming that a man whose biggest achievement was an FA Cup Victory with Portsmouth, didn’t have the required pedigree to coach England, but the majority of players and fans alike were rallying for Redknapp.
Redknapp’s decision to put all his eggs in an FA-branded basket now looks to have cost him dearly and his latest comments, and his commitment to be a Championship Manager, merely highlight his plight. Despite the furore that surrounded his arrival at Loftus Road, he has so far failed to deliver.
Obviously QPR’s abysmal form this season isn’t all Harry’s fault, in fact, while the former West Ham and Spurs manager can be held accountable for contributing towards dangerously burdening the club’s wage bill during the January transfer window, the Hoops have improved under Redknapp’s guidance.
Whether they have improved enough, only time will tell. But it now looks like England may not have made the best choice in Hodgson, but they have definitely dodged a bullet by not appoint ‘Arry and if Redknapp has a career after QPR, it will certainly not be with England, but that won’t be his choice and he knows it.