Redknapp hoping England versus Wales is drab draw as he counts the days till top job is his
Returning to the wonderful world of sport writing today I feel a little like a nervous batsmen short of runs. Or perhaps a cautious central midfielder just returning from 9 months out with knee ligament damage. In both these cases the respective players would want an easy ride. The batter would want a flat track, a cool and clear day and a lacklustre bowling attack (India perhaps?). The footballer would prefer no rain, a nice firm pitch with a bit of give and opponents with both eyes firmly on next weeks relegation six-pointer.
Both would want to be eased back into things and so that’s exactly what I’m going for with this post by reverting to writing about my blogging equivalent of a flat track and distracted opponent – Harry Redknapp.
As we all attempt to get excited by the prospect of another 3-0 home win for England against average opponents ‘Arry will be praying for a quiet game, perhaps a tepid 0-0. Why? Well, for a start he won’t want Gareth Bale injured but more important than that he needs England to be rubbish again. He needs them to lack passion and creativity. He needs them to be boring and Italian because he needs the ”Arry for England” calls to start again…and fast.
The general belief among many football folk is that Redknapp is desperate to be the next England manager and for it to be his last gig in football. But poor ol’ Arry has peaked too soon and got his calculations all wrong. He needs the job now, he’s done his ‘heroic’ revival of Spurs and kidded us all into thinking he was a genius but he still has a year to wait before Fabio says “Arrivederci.”
The sad thing is he’ll still get the job. The real problem is Spurs.
The reason it is so painfully obvious that Arry is after that ‘biggest job in football’ title is his work with Spurs this summer. As I was discussing with a friend (who is Spurs fan) it is all so cripplingly short term. Adebayor on a year loan deal. Scott Parker who only has two more years in him tops. And Brad Friedel who, whilst still brilliant on his day, is about 68 now isn’t he?
So what if he has clung onto Luka Modric. That is short term planning too. We all know the crafty Croat will leave next summer anyway, they always do (just ask Arsene Wenger) Redknapp just wanted to make sure it didn’t happen on his watch.
If Redknapp was still focused on success at Spurs he would have taken Chelsea’s £30m+ offer for the now miserable Modric and used it to rebuild his team for the future. Or at least starting rebuilding for his successor. But Arry knows that the future with Spurs is tough. Manchester is dominating, Chelsea are set to come good and Liverpool are on the charge too.
Assuming Arsenal improve Redknapp knows all that lies ahead for Spurs is fighting Bolton and Stoke for sixth place. And that won’t wash with the rightly expectant Tottenham fans.
But he’ll get away with it, the cheeky chappy, he always does. He’ll stutter through this season, complaining about a turbulent summer and reminding everyone where the club were when he took over before taking up the FA’s offer to manage England next summer.
Who knows how he’ll get on at International level. I think he’ll get found out. But one thing is for sure and that is that Spurs will drop back into that ‘other league’ outside the top five. Having been in the Champions League they will have fallen behind their rivals and have too much catching up to do and in reality is they will have no one to blame but Redknapp.