Harry Redknapp may well be taking charge of an international team in 2012 – but while speculation regarding the identity of Fabio Capello’s successor continues to loom, the former Portsmouth boss has expressed an interest in managing Team GB’s football side at the London Olympic Games.
Sir Alex Ferguson had previously been approached but refused to commit so far in advance, though this now appears unlikely as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have since refused to provide players for selection.
The end result is that it is likely to be an all-English team unless one or more of these nations decide upon a dramatic U-turn. According to Sky Sports, when asked whether he would be interested in the role, Redknapp said: “Of course: anybody would be, wouldn’t they? But, suddenly, it’s ‘Harry wants to be manager of whatever’. Never at any stage has it entered my mind. I don’t know who selects it, how it gets selected.”
Spurs attack Cattermole tackle.
Redknapp, meanwhile, was outspoken in his belief that Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole could have broken Luka Modric’s leg during last night’s bruising battle with Sunderland.
The challenge came midway through the second half, and left Modric’s team-mates, notably Rafael van der Vaart, furious.
Redknapp was unhappy with Howard Webb – not for the first time – for deliberating and deciding only to show a yellow card. He also felt Spurs should have had a penalty, but was dismayed to see David Bentley booked for diving. According to The Telegraph, Redknapp said: “I just watched it again and Luka’s lucky he didn’t break his leg. He’s got some bad marks on his leg. Luka’s very, very lucky to get away with it. The referee has to understand the difference between going over the top of the ball and playing the ball. But it sounds like I’m just criticising him.”
Kranjcar could make Italy switch.
Following on from yesterday’s report that Spurs’ Niko Kranjcar may seek to leave the club to get first team football, his father Zlatko has claimed that the 26-year-old would be interested in switching White Hart Lane for Anfield – or even the continent.
According to NESN Zlatko, who manages the Montenegro national side, said: “If he didn’t have ambition, he would stay at Tottenham and vegetate for the next three years. He has a great deal, but one just can’t match money with his ambitions. Liverpool is a club which would interest him but, then again, why not Italy?”