FA are ‘clueless’, claims QPR boss Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has said the Football Association “doesn’t have a clue” when it comes to recognising managerial talent, BBC Sport has reported.

The comment comes from Redknapp’s autobiography, which is being serialised by the Daily Mail. Redknapp was passed over for the England manager’s job after Fabio Capello resigned in 2012, with the FA plumping for Roy Hodgson instead, although the former Tottenham Hotspur boss insists his criticism of the governing body is not borne of bitterness at missing out on the post.

I wouldn’t trust the FA to show me a good manager if their lives depended on it,” the Queens Park Rangers manager wrote. “This isn’t about them giving the England job to me or Roy Hodgson,” he added, “But English football being run by people who really haven’t got a clue – and they get to pick the England manager.

Everyone said I was the people’s choice, the only choice. All the senior players seemed to be up for me to get the job. I got quite a few text messages at the time from players saying they would love me to manage England: Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry. But the FA went for Roy Hodgson to be the England manager – a man who is more their cup of tea.

Redknapp also revealed that should he have been appointed England manager, he would have wanted Brendan Rodgers – then Swansea City boss – as his assistant, at least on a temporary basis to go through Euro 2012. “I told [Rodgers] I wanted England to play with as much technical ambition as Swansea. He was up for it,” Redknapp said.

After missing out to Hodgson in the England manager’s job running, Redknapp was sacked that same summer by Tottenham, with Spurs having finished fourth in the Premier League. But, due to Chelsea winning the Champions League after finishing sixth in the table, they did not qualify for the competition. Redknapp later moved to QPR and was unable to prevent relegation, although the R’s have made a strong start to the season in the Championship.

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