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The favourite to succeed Capello, and seemingly the most obvious choice. Redknapp has a wealth of experience, having started his managerial career in 1983. At the age of 64, this is realistically his last shot at the national team job.
Redknapp's most impressive achievements have occurred in the last few years, and have cast him into the spotlight when Capello's replacement is considered. He won the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008, the club's first major trophy in 58 years.
He then moved on to Tottenham, and within two years, the club had gone from bottom of the league to Champions League qualification, reaching the League Cup final along the way. Redknapp then led Spurs to the quarter finals of the Champions League before suffering a thumping by Real Madrid.
With a reputation as an excellent motivator, he turned Gareth Bale from a struggling left back into one of the most coveted players in all of Europe, Heurelho Gomes from a blundering clown into a well respected goalkeeper, and snapped up talented players rejected by bigger clubs, the likes of Rafael Van Der Vaart and William Gallas, putting their careers back on track.
This ability for man management is particularly useful in the international game, when managers are forced to select from a specific pool of players, without the transfer market which club managers can turn to.
One criticism of Redknapp is his favouritism, a feeling that he has a certain group of players which he always plays, regardless of form—his constant selection of Peter Crouch, despite his lack of goals, and his current pursuit of Joe Cole are examples of this. With the England team needing a radical overhaul, perhaps a conservative manager such as Redknapp may not in fact be the best choice. Indeed, the England team has suffered for a number of years from having too many 'Untouchables'.
Redknapp is also sometimes accused of a lack of tactical knowledge. Van Der Vaart said of Redknapp 'There are no long and boring speeches about tactics, like I was used to at Real Madrid. There is a board in our dressing room but Harry doesn't write anything on it.'' This was meant as praise of Redknapp, and has clearly worked for Van Der Vaart. However, this tactical simplicity may be found out at international level, and some may say Spurs thrashing by Madrid was as a result of the limitations of Redknapp's tactics.
Regardless of these criticisms, Redknapp is still a strong contender for the job. Having spent so many years building up his experience and knowledge of the game, it may now be the time to give Redknapp a shot at the job he so clearly craves—if anyone can get these players performing to their best, it's Redknapp.