Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp once again refused to commit long-term to the club when quizzed about the England managers job.
The 63-year old has been continually linked with Fabio Capello’s role, with recently renewed speculation suggesting Redknapp would be the Football Association’s first choice to replace the Italian.
The former West ham and Portsmouth manager leads his current side into Champions League action against FC Twente tonight before hosting title rivals Chelsea on Sunday.
When pressed on the England matter, Redknapp responded, “People’s perception of you changes. One week you’re a genius, the next week you don’t know what you’re doing. The England role is 18 months down the line. It’s a long way off and who knows where any of us will be in 18 months?”
Jol to Magpies?
Former Spurs boss Martin Jol has emerged as the early favourite to land the vacant Newcastle United managers position.
The Magpies yesterday disposed of former White Hart Lane favourite Chris Hughton – despite the newly promoted side lying in a respectable 12th place.
Later in the evening, Jol resigned his post as head coach of Dutch giants Ajax – fuelling speculation the Dutchman would be making a return to the Premier League with the Tyneside club.
Should Jol, step into the breach at St James’s Park, he would return to North London over Christmas when Spurs host Newcastle on December 28.
Spurs line-up Jan transfers.
With January approaching and Harry Redknapp in charge, the sports pages are a feast of transfer gossip linking any number of arrivals to White Hart Lane.
According to The Sun, Steven Pienaar has told his bosses at Everton that he wants to move to Spurs, whilst The Mirror report Tony Pulis has said Ryan Shawcross ‘is not for sale at any price’ in the face of overtures from Redknapp and co.
Roman Pavlyuchenko may or may not be on his way out of the club and if he does or does not leave, he could be joined by Russian compatriot Pavel Pogrebnyak, who has been learning English in anticipation of a move to England.
Also, Scott Parker fancies a move to Spurs and is ready to hand in a transfer at West Ham after falling out with Matthew Upson. To be continued…