When Fabio Capello resigned last week, the majority of Englsih fans have tipped Spurs boss Harry Redknapp to succeed him either for the Euro Championships or for the period after that. Today, I want to discuss the implications within English football if Redknapp does take over as boss before the European Championships this summer.
Caricature by Graeme Bandeira
Firstly, and more obviously Tottenham would be searching for a new manager. Harry has done a fantastic job with Spurs and despite in my opinion not being in with a real chance for the title this season, he has proved that another team without huge financial backing can challenge for the title. In my opinion the man to replace him would be David Moyes - how well that man has done with an Everton side that has had close to no financial backing. He has kept them mid-table or even higher for a number of years now and Tottenham will recognise the talent he has shown on Merseyside, by offering him the job at White Hart Lane. A Moyes with money but produce fantastic results!
What next for Everton
If Moyes moves on, what next for Everton? There cannot be too many managers out there who could have done a better job that Moyes under the circumstances. His departure may spell disaster for Everton - appoint the wrong man and there will not be enough money to bolster results if they are in danger come the January transfer window next season. A new manager will find it hard to stamp his style on a side where he cannot alter his players through having financial freedom. To me, there a very few obvious successors for the Goodison Park helm...
What is in store for England
Hopefully, more freedom for the players on the pitch. For me, Capello had a very regimented managerial style which did not click with his players. There will be a rise in the prominence of Harry's former players - with Redkanpp at the helm expect to see Scott Parker to take the captain's armband. Kyle Walker and Jermaine Defoe might edge very much closer to places in the England squad. However, I still hope that Micah Riachards gets the nod at right-back, and I cannot really see why this should not be the case? Paul Scholes, Paul Scholes, Paul Scholes.! Redkanpp has already spoken about why Scholesy should be in the team and rightly so. Expect to see the United legend wearing an England shirt again, and (hopefully) English fans will see their team retain possession longer than 5 passes again!!
Redknapp's appointment in no guarantee of results but finally the fans will have their English manager we have been dreaming of (since Steve Mclaran! Oh dear!).