If you believe what you read in the papers, it would seem that the appointment of Harry Redknapp as the next England manager is a foregone conclusion and it is just a matter of when the FA to announce the appointment.
At least that is how it appears or otherwise the FA, knowing that time is critical with England’s opening Euro 2012 match against France just seven weeks away, would be going all out to recruit an alternative.
Being men of football, the FA will be well aware that any new manager will need time prepare for the finals in Poland and the Ukraine. They will know that with a major championship looming that a manager will need to collect and collate as much information as possible about England’s opponents, particularly the three they will play in Group D. The manager will need to watch these opponents, assess their ability, understand their tactics and discover their danger men. This is in addition to the need to select a 23 man playing squad that he will want to assess ahead of picking the starting XI for the game against France.
Any new manager will need to stamp his personality and character on the squad, he will want to win their respect, create the guidelines, develop a playing style, create a training regime, assess the fitness levels, attitudes and form of the players at his disposal.
If it is to be Redknapp who is to be named the new England manger, his final game at Spurs should be the home fixture against Fulham on Saturday 13th May - the final day of the Premier League season. Should he leave after that day, it will leave him with just under four weeks before the first game at Euro 2012 and 11 days before England’s first warm up game on the 26th May against Norway in Oslo. It is hardly long enough time but it would seem that it is the best option available unless there are secret negotiations going on with an alternative which the voracious English media have failed to cotton on to.
Of course the "Redknapp for England bandwagon" only got moving due to his successful spell at Tottenham Hotspur after taking over the North London club in 2008.
However, from the moment when Redknapp became inextricably linked with the Three Lions job the form of Spurs has slipped badly. From a strong third place they are now struggling to hang on to fourth spot in the Premier League table, and worryingly it appears that Redknapp has no idea how to stop the freefall. This point became only too clear when Spurs were humiliated 5-1 by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi final last weekend. This defeat followed a poor run of league form which has seen Spurs win just one Premier League game since February 11th, the week that Capello left!
It would appear that the ongoing saga surrounding the who will guide England in to Euro2012 is not helping anyone and as it stands England will be lucky to finish in the top two of Group D to reach the Quarter Final. If Harry is not to be named the boss for the Euros then who will be? Currently Stuart Pearce is the caretaker boss but it has to be thought, if he was the number one choice, why haven't the FA been forthcoming in making that decision definite to help everyone from the players, the fans and none more so than Tottenham fans who must attribute their team's bad run of form with the ongoing speculation of Redknapp to the vacancy.
As it stands, this is just the latest in a long line of "Faux Pas" from the FA that looks likely to once again making England the laughing stock of International football.