After Tottenham’s dour performance against Stevenage in the FA Cup, Harry Redknapp joked that the club’s showing may not have helped his chances in the race to become England manager. One more televised game later and maybe that joke has a serious side to it after all.
The press have just started to pick up on this issue with the suggestion that Stuart Pearce is now in pole position and a decent showing in this week’s friendly against the Netherlands could advance his case even further. Patrick Barclay in the Evening Standard also suggests that the notion of Harry taking charge for the Euros is ridiculous, given that Spurs’ season ends on May the 13th and would give Redknapp so very little time to prepare a squad.
The article goes on to state,
“He would be managing someone else’s team. He would not only have been unable to assess the form of most of his own players in the latter part of the season but the patterns, strengths and weaknesses of France, Sweden and Ukraine, England’s group opponents. Not to mention Moldova and the rest of the sides they will begin to encounter in early September as the World Cup qualifiers get under way.
If the loyal Pearce is intended to do all this, why don’t the FA just give him the job?”
The question of loyalty may have something to do with it and clearly Pearce is an FA man. The article in question doesn’t look beyond the Euros but the inference from much of the press suggests that the England job might just be Stuart Pearce’s to lose.