As a Spurs fan, I am delighted the FA seemed up for irritating every England fan by not appointment the fan favourite for the England job. But you have to wonder what has actually gone on here and whether or not the FA has made the right decision.
So I have devised a little Redknapp vs Hodgson battle to see who is the right man for the job no one actually wants.
Redknapp: Vast experience in picking teams up when they are down and turning them into something they would never of dreamed of. Portsmouth – bottom of Championship all the way to winning the FA Cup and giving AC Milan an almighty battle at Fratton Park in the UEFA Cup. Tottenham – relegation candidates, usually mid-table – turned into Title Contenders (for a bit) and now expecting Champions League football.
Hodgson: Where do you begin?! He’s been all over the world, he even managed Inter Milan twice! Kept out of the England radar while managing teams in Scandinavia, including taking Switzerland to a World Cup Finals and nearly qualifying again with Finland. Then comes to Fulham, saves them from relegation and gets them to Europa League Final. Off to Liverpool, does not quite work for him, straight in at West Brom and steady the ship there.
Winner: Hodgson – They have both done well at improving teams, but Roy has been all over the world doing it. The England job is something quite different to a premier league side where you buy more players when needed.
Redknapp: Always been on the fans side where ever he has gone. He even went from Portsmouth to Southampton and back again and the fans still loved him
Hodgson: Fans sometimes find him a bit boring but they seem to be confident in what he does.
Winner: Redknapp. Hodgeson will bore the fans unless he gets England winning games in an attractive fashion live Harry would.
Redknapp: When you been in and out of the tabloids for non football reasons, the FA will not be interested. Was never fancied last time he interviewed for the England Job so making himself some friends at Wembley was always going to be tricky.
Hodgson: everyone’s friend in football. He has worked for FIFA, UEFA and the FA. They know what he’s about and he knows what their about. Have you ever seen him in the front half of The Sun? (before today).
Winner: Hodgson – He is safe while as Redknapp is liable to cause some havoc along the way.
Redknapp: Depending on how you refer to the term of media friendly. He has been quite bitter with the media in the past and they have not always go on. But then that makes great headlines, so in that respect the media love him.
Hodgson: Boring, keeps himself to himself. Journalists probably don’t even bother going through his rubbish as I bet that’s really boring too. He never gives the media that quote they want at press conferences and is very guarded. Hence all the negativity towards him in the papers today.
Winner: Redknapp – The papers need something to report on other than football. Hodgson will not give them that.
Redknapp: There is not much else Harry can do to improve as a manager. At Spurs he has a tried and tested team of staff around him, he knows what players he needs and wants and everything works well for him. Never been a manager of a national team so perhaps that’s the only area he would want to grow in. He’s never going to manager Barcelona or Man Utd so perhaps that’s his next step.
Hodgson: He’s done pretty much everything but seemed to fall at the first hurdle in what was meant to be his first big job at Liverpool. No idea why that didn’t really work other than all the problems they were having behind the scenes with the owners. This is his chance to prove he’s not just a midtable manager.
Winner: Draw: They both have something to prove in terms of making the next step up in their careers.
So by my calculations, that makes them even in these terms, but I think whats more important to the FA and quite rightly is having someone they can work with. Imagine employing someone you were not sure you could work with. You would not do it and I think the FA have realised this and need someone who will come in quietly and get on with it.
Good Luck Roy!