Tottenham Club Focus: Should the FA approach Redknapp now and who could replace him?

Under Harry Redknapp, Tottenham Hotspur have become a consistent force in the Premier League, seen to be established as challenging for a top four spot and the all-important Champions League qualification. This has led to Redknapp being recognized as the odds-on favourite to be the next manager of the England team, succeeding Fabio Capello after Euro 2012. Both Steven Gerrard and David Beckham have recently stated their wish to see Redknapp given the role and Redknapp has said he would find the offer to manage his national team almost impossible to resist.

The FA chairman David Bernstein has stated no successor will be sought for until after Euro 2012 for fear of undermining Capello. Why? Is the professionalism of players selected for the England team in such doubt that the FA believes they would subvert Capello? If the FA acts, say in July for Redknapp, this could potentially leave Spurs’ looking for a new manager and by consequence coaching staff a few weeks before the start of the season. To say this might be disruptive to Spurs is an understatement. Daniel Levy may already be making plans, but with the FA’s attitude cannot do so with certainty. A formal approach for Redknapp early next year should give Levy time to determine the options and make any formal approach. A new manager could then be appointed at the beginning of the summer with time to acclimatize to the squad and influence transfer policy. There may be no shortage of contenders, if Redknapp takes the England role:

The Premier League candidates: David Moyes is admired for performing miracles at Everton on a shoestring and may be a choice for many fans. However, is his style too one dimensional for The Lane and would his reputation for discipline suit Spurs? As an apparent deep thinker of the game, tactically flexible, Paul Lambert’s teams play attractive high tempo football. The Scot is also a good motivator, creating a strong team spirit and understands the European game from his playing days and time in Germany.

The ex- Spurs: Jurgen Klinsmann may have been a possibility, but his recent appointment as coach of the USA coupled with his reluctance to move from America may rule him out. Chris Hughton and Gus Poyet may be popular choices, with the managers looking to send out their teams to play attractive flowing football that Spurs’ fans want to see, though Hughton may have more experience and be a stronger option.

The young Europeans: Both Jurgen Klopp and Rudi Garcia led youthful attacking teams to domestic success last season. However, this season in the Champions League has perhaps shown both of them to be lacking in the necessary European competition experience. Joachim Loew was arguably the reason behind Klinsmann’s success. A successful national coach, he appears to be an intelligent tactician, have a belief in preparation and a great motivator of his players. Would Pep Guardiola welcome a new challenge? His records speaks for itself but has suggested this season may be his last at Barcelona. No doubt may fans would welcome him at Spurs.

There are probably easily another 20 strong candidates. Whoever may have to succeed Redknapp, Levy has a difficult task getting the right person to keep building on the strong foundations that have been layed.

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