With Capello's departure and Redknapp's expected appointment, will it all turn out to be the perfect match?
A blessing in disguise, or a career ending plunge? Redknapp is the type of manager England have been needing; a man with a bullish approach, not afraid to take big decisions - like signing William Gallas from across the North London divide - and a brilliant man manager. Yet, can it work for him? Picture: THE PEOPLE NEWSPAPER
Since Fabio Capello's shock resignation on Wednesday, there has only been one name plastered over the newspapers during this time of media furore - Harry Redknapp. The Tottenham manager was acquitted of tax evasion following a highly controversial court case just hours before Fabio Capello had a furious argument with the FA Board and Chief, David Bernstein over another issue surrounding the stripping of the captaincy from John Terry after the racism scandal that has blighted English football of late. The disagreement forced the Italian to leave earlier than intended by more radical means as he became discontent with the interruption of his managerial rights of choosing the captain by the Football Association who were determined to take a step to show their intolerance to any form of racism.
Such a sudden series of events will leave a media hangover; as revelations unfurl and the misunderstandings continue, this leaves Harry Redknapp is a precarious position. The offer of the England job is, obviously, dangling above his head - the FA have not denied that he is their first choice amongst an ocean of potential candidates such as Alan Pardew and Jose Mourinho. However, with Tottenham progressing so well, will Redknapp wish to leave such a project that has potential to charge for the title in the forthcoming years?
There is the option of balancing it along with the Tottenham managerial post, but with such health scares as Redknapp has experienced of late, it would be naive of him to contemplate making such a potentially catastrophic choice.
"It wouldn't be right to focus on anything else other than Tottenham." Harry Redknapp speaking to BBC SPORT on the 9th of February.
Despite the 'mind games' of Redknapp being focused on Tottenham, there must be a lingering thought in his head about the potential that such a project could hold for him. Finalist at the Euros? A World Cup Final? or a total failure at International level having been rushed on his vein of thought.
The stability of a club like Tottenham is something that is difficult to come by in the Premier League. Fellow "top class" teams like Chelsea seem to be in constant anarchy as Roman Abramovich continually appears frustrated by Andre Villas-Boas' inability to get the best out of top class players, Manchester United are consistently blighted by financial problems, despite hiding them well, and Arsenal seem to have a very temperamental fan base that change moods of contentness with the team based on a handful of results. With such a strong willed chairman as Daniel Levy, and the top draw working partnership and ultimately friendship he possesses with Redknapp, Levy would obviously be disappointed would the Englishman decided to depart for the international scene having given so much effort to diffusing the sagas' of Luka Modric and securing the deals for Rafael Van Der Vaart and Emmanuel Adebayor in the hope that Redknapp could use them to build a title challenge on a more consistent level.
"Harry needs to make a decision whether he'd like the job or to stay at Tottenham."Tottenham Director Sir Keith Mills speaking to BBC Radio 4.
Understandably, he could be forgiven at being delirious at having been announced as favourite to take over the role of managing his country, yet, as Capello was supposed to have departed following Euro 2012, talk had been circulating about Redknapp taking over. Despite the potential risk it poses, Redknapp would be likely to be a highly effective manager at the helm. Having succeeded at Portsmouth by leading them to a FA Cup win, and taking Tottenham to the San Siro to face both Inter Milan and AC Milan and progress to the knock out stages with a limited number of transfers shows just how wise a footballing man he is.
He is the manager who could bring out the best in Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and current player Aaron Lennon as well as handling the rumoured egos of the England dressing room that have blighted their pursuit of the elusive top class performance at a high level international competition for some time. Unlike Fabio Capello, he will be able to hit the ground running should he take over pre-Euro 2012. He is well respected and a number of England internationals including Wayne Rooney have shown their support for Redknapp to take the helm at Wembley through social network, Twitter:
"Gutted capello has quit. Good guy and top coach. Got to be english to replace him. Harry redknapp for me." Wayne Rooney on his Official Twitter account on the 8th February.
There is a saying though, that goes; "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." That is something that must be running through the minds of Tottenham fans nationwide. There is strength, stability, depth, quality and belief in this squad. There is an unprecedented run in form this season that has not been seen for decades as they leave Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in their wake on their climb up the table and continue to consolidate third place. Redknapp has no substantial reason to leave Tottenham apart from the clichéd quote that makes relevance to a "project" or for personal gain of £6 million per year. Yet, we know Redknapp is not in football for the money. So are the FA chasing a lost cause? It is an offer that is unlikely to present itself again for Redknapp, yet, a potentially costly, or potentially rewarding risk could unravel in the future.
The Epitomy of Redknapp's success: The incredible form of reformed wing-king Gareth Bale under Redknapp's watchful eye has seen rumours circulate of interest from Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid; highlighting his man management skills. An asset that would be invaluable to England with such a large number of promising, exciting young talents coming through.
Then there is the question of if he does leave, where do Tottenham stand? Their season could fall apart; big players could become disgruntled and unhappy, there is not many high standard managers available in perspective to take up the job straight away.
There is a vicious circle entombed in this potential move; The FA want Redknapp, Tottenham want Redknapp; English players want him, but as do Tottenham Hotspur.
It is a choice between chasing a dream, or consolidating a project for Harry Redknapp. Can he do much more with Tottenham Hotspur? The title is a possibility, but beyond that there is little such is the competition at European level and the projectory of success is inevitably going to decline as continued interest in Luka Modric and Gareth Bale and the ending of Adebayor's loan deal will probably lead to a minor exodus of top players. With England, the European Championships and World Cup are two massive stages to shine on, and to etch his name into managerial folklore, but they are also two massive stages to fall under the intense media scrutiny. Yet with the experience and guile of such a man, the latter is almost inconceivable.
The 5-0 win over Newcastle was a further impact on both; why he should stay as manager of a team who are 10 points clear of Arsenal and Chelsea, but also why he is the right man to lead England at the European Championships. Emmanuel Adebayor - previously seen as a lazy player happy in the Manchester City reserves on illustrious sums of money - provided four assists and a goal to show Redknapp's qualities as a brilliant man manager. The Spurs fans' showed their enthusiasm for him to stay as boss by chanting his name throughout the scintillating performance which saw Tottenham 4-0 up at half time. There is perhaps, also, a degree of guilt that weighs on Redknapp's mind too about leaving a club which has supported him through the tax evasion trial. The latest suggestion that has come out of the press - in the form of rumours is that Redknapp will take over solely for The Euros before returning to White Hart Lane.
Such a compromise would be ultimately beneficial for both sides concerned; should Harry succeed at the England job, but put forward his desire to stay at Tottenham, his reputation will have been enhanced, as will England's. This will also give more time for the FA board to pick out a successor on a permanent basis before the next big tournament.
Over the next few weeks, as things develop, we will see what happens; regardless though, it is as obvious to state that almost all those interested in the progress of the English National team would be content with the appointment of the experienced Harry Redknapp, even on a temporary basis.