Joy turned to despair for Tottenham fans as shortly after Harry Redknapp was cleared of tax evasion, the one man standing between him and the England job handed in his resignation. Redknapp has courted the position for a number of years, and with widespread media, fan and player backing, his appointment is surely all but a formality. Followers of Spurs were largely shrouded in gloom, fearing the worst and treating the developments with contempt. But, there is life after Redknapp, and his departure for England may well be in everyone’s best interests.
Why Redknapp suits England, and vice versa.
Fabio Capello’s outstanding win percentage of 67% wasn’t enough to stave off criticism of his media demeanour and stylistic approach. The Italian was pragmatic, and stressed the importance of patience and ball retention. He asked his team to play a more continental brand of football, to play with their heads, rather than their hearts.
Of course, that’s not very British. What England fans want is passion, pace, power, gusto, grit and an indomitable spirit. We want to see blood pouring out of Terry Butcher’s head, a roaring Stuart Pearce, performances that echo the greatest moments in our history, the Churchill spirit. More than anything, England fans want, nay demand, an English manager. The England national team under Capello, despite an impressive win ratio, lacked an identity that we could claim as “British”. Rather, we have a faceless, soulless team that has become increasingly hard to relate to and even harder to root for.
Redknapp is better placed than any current manager to change that. In front the cameras he’s largely an affable, jovial individual, like a grizzly Frank Spencer (“Ooh Sandra, Rosie’s done a whoopsie on my tax return”). He’s as British as Fish & Chips, roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, Pearly Kings, moaning, queuing, Bruce Forsyth ad infinitum Continue reading