Top five managers who are not interested in the England job
After spending yesterday not thinking about the England job, Harry Redknapp has now given it some thought and decided that he is “flattered”. Meanwhile, the rest of English football’s great and not-so-great have been falling over themselves to declare that they have no interest in the vacancy.
1. Arsene Wenger
“I have never really been tempted by the national team job because for me it is a completely different job. I was always under contract, I respected contracts in my life. I am a little bit in a marathon job inside the club and the national team job is a sprinter’s job.
“Maybe I have not enough quick fibres, but I am more interested in a day-to-day basis job.
“(Being a national team manager) is completely different; it is more PR, more communication, there is less impact on the footballing side and less impact on building the team because if you have a good generation in the country then you can do well and if you don’t you can do nothing. In a club you always have ways to build a team.
“In the future I don’t know (whether I would ever manage a national team) because what I do now demands a lot of physical power and to be super fit physically, that might not always be the case.”
2. Martin O’Neill
“I said a couple of days ago when someone threw that up that if there is anyone to succeed Fabio Capello, Harry Redknapp has earned that right. He will be the next England manager and he deserves it.
“There’s been a call for an English manager and Harry’s achievements at Tottenham in the last couple of years have been outstanding. He’s done exceptionally well and the result today at the court case (when Redknapp was found not guilty of tax evasion) will be a great relief to him.
“I’m really disappointed (about Capello’s resignation) because he’s earned the right to take the team to the finals. He’s got them there in the first place and is a splendid manager.”
3. Alan Pardew
“Firstly as an Englishman, I am proud to be in that sort of frame, but it’s not for me and I will make that quite clear. I am not even in the running as far as I am concerned.”
“I am very, very happy here at Newcastle. We are on a little project here that’s going really well and I want to see it through. The passion and everything about this place is why I want to stay here. I am quite happy where I am. I want to stay here and see this job through.”
4. Sam Allardyce
“My focus is West Ham United. We’re top of the league and we want to move forward and clinch promotion. My thoughts are not on the England job at the moment, they are on West Ham. What we hope for is that it gets resolved as soon as possible.”
5. Sir Alex Ferguson
“The FA have approached David Gill – I said I would let them know on April 1. I would do it. I would relegate them.”