Tottenham Hotspur: Is Jurgen Klinsmann the Man to Replace Harry Redknapp?

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Tottenham Hotspur: Is Jurgen Klinsmann the Man to Replace Harry Redknapp?
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Should Harry Redknapp leave Tottenham Hotspur for England, could former club favourite Jurgen Klinsmann give up the U.S. national job for a return to Spurs?

Harry Redknapp is not alone in being criticised over the course of his career by his club's supporters, as well as outside elements like journalists and ex-players. It is something that, as a football manager, you must learn to deal with even though it is often unfair.

Despite the general success of his tenure thus far at Tottenham Hotspur, there have been occasions when Redknapp's team selections and tactics have come under scrutiny, the latter half of last season in particular saw criticism directed towards him as Spurs' push for a top-four spot stuttered and ultimately failed.

This season however, beyond nitpicking here and there, Redknapp's performance has been as near-flawless as you can ask for from a manager.

If the so-near yet so-far nature of Tottenham Hotspur's defeat to Manchester City this past Sunday demonstrated the cruel luck that saw them miss out on a draw or an even more vital win, the way Spurs fought back from a two-goal deficit typified the philosophy Redknapp holds key to his team's form this season: that is to let good football players go out there and just play.

It reads overly simplistic, and naturally does not take in the work that goes into assembling such a team and uniting them for a common cause. But it is the real essence of Redknapp's managerial style, and is in large part the reason why he is favourite to become England manager when Fabio Capello steps down after Euro 2012.

The level to which Redknapp has got Tottenham competing these past few seasons has been the major catalyst for seeing him considered for the national team job. But among the leading English candidates anyway, it has been apparent to those who have been looking that for some time now Redknapp may well be the man for the job.

Redknapp is a manager who for years has excelled at simplifying things for his players, a quality that would be welcome in an England camp that for too long has been over-concerned with issues beyond those on the football pitch. His latter years in charge of Portsmouth and Spurs have shown his ability to put a team of considerable talent together (regardless of the spending that has gone into both, there have been some shrewd signings), again a quality that is not out of place in international football.

It is difficult to see Redknapp not taking the job should the Football Association offer him it (something that surely will do unless there is a negative outcome from his current court case). Though it would be difficult to leave the job he is doing at Spurs, he has himself admitted for "an Englishman it would be hard to turn down."

With months to go until any decision is likely to be made it probably seems a tad premature to be speculating on whom Redknapp's replacement would be in this scenario. Then again we are currently in the January transfer window, so what better time to indulge in some speculation and a game of 'what if?'

Seeing as Jurgen Klinsmann was only appointed manager of the United States national team last year he might seem an unlikely candidate. But considering his links with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, he is one worthy of consideration. At least from the point of analysing whether he is the man Spurs should look to in replacing Harry Redknapp.

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