Redknapp News: Lord Sugar Says Harry Should Not Take England Job

Frank WagnerCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2012

WATFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27:  Manager Harry Redknapp of Spurs looks on during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Watford and Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road on January 27, 2012 in Watford, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Lord Alan Sugar recently gave an interview with Sky News and said that Harry Redknapp should not take the newly open position as manager of England.

After Fabio Capello's resignation as the team's coach, speculation has surrounded the idea that Redknapp will be his successor.

Sugar, who is a business tycoon, the host of UK television series The Apprentice and former chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, has thrown some doubt on these rumors. However, he clearly has a vested interest because of his support of Spurs.

After news broke on Wednesday that Redknapp had been cleared of tax evasion charges (but before Capello's resignation), Sugar tweeted the following.

Harry R expressing thanks to Daniel Levy for standing by him for 3 years, surely no way he will show disloyalty and leave Spurs for England.

Sugar states in the interview that the job at England is "the last job [a manager] would ever want in football" and that "it's doomed" because "we don't win." He also says that, from his knowledge of Redknapp as a "streetwise person," he does not think Harry actually wants the job.

Sugar went on to compare Redknapp to Sir Alex Ferguson. He suggested that Ferguson "must have been offered the England job at some point down the line," but that he is more "interested in achieving something in his own right."

Finally, Lord Sugar went on to blame Sky for the state of English football and the reason they have not won any competitions.

The biggest problem in British Sky. You have done such a fantastic job in making the British Premier League the best league in the world...Clubs fight to exist in that league, and in order to do so, they recruit players from abroad, thus stopping young players coming in and learning their skills, and that's why we can't put together a team that's ever going to bring home a major international trophy.

The interview offers interesting opinions from a man who used to be in football and a counter to all the hype surrounding Redknapp and the England position.