Somewhat predictably there’s something of a Harry backlash today and although most of it is thoughtful and considered, the odd headline uses phrases such as ‘losing the dressing room.’
The Telegraph in particular seems to have it in for Redknapp and after printing a piece by Alan Hansen before the Madrid game suggesting he had taken Tottenham as far as he could, an article by Jason Burt claims that he has reached a ‘crossroads’.
Amongst other things, the article says: “Redknapp has also reached a crossroads. Aged 64, he may be experiencing unprecedented success, but he doesn’t appear to be enjoying it.
“He looks like a man who is ill at ease, perhaps betraying a growing tension between him and the Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, while also knowing that there is a significant groundswell of support that he should be the next England manager.”
It then goes on to suggest that the England job is an inevitable destination: “If things go according to plan, then Redknapp will succeed Fabio Capello as England manager after Euro 2012 but football rarely works to smooth timetables.
“The knowledge that he is likely to go may, at some point, hasten that departure while one of the astonishing features of the reaction to the 4-0 defeat to Real has been the anger directed at Redknapp by Spurs supporters. That will not have gone unnoticed by Levy, who reads emails sent to him and often responds.”
Why the Telegraph has chosen to lead the crusade is unclear, but does Harry to continue to be backed or should, as the paper suggests, Levy move to replace him before 2012?