Harry Redknapp has conceded the Football Association were right to choose Roy Hodgson as England manager despite having criticised the governing body’s aptitude for appointments, Sky
Redknapp wrote in his autobiography that the FA could not “ how me a good manager if their lives depended on it,” with the suggestion following in some quarters that Redknapp was still upset at being overlooked for the position in favour of Hodgson when Fabio Capello resigned in early 2012.
But speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, Redknapp admitted Hodgson was well-qualified for the task – arguably more qualified than him. “They made a good choice. Roy’s an excellent manager and nobody disputes that,” Redknapp said.
“Looking at it he was better equipped and better qualified, maybe at international level, than I was. I don’t want to dispute that. He’s a very well-qualified guy,” the Queens Park Rangers boss continued.
“I haven’t got a problem with Roy. I’m delighted he’s doing well and no one is disputing the choice of Roy as manager. I really am not.”
Redknapp explained that he was referencing some of Hodgson’s predecessors, who he felt were not good enough to take charge of the England team. “All I’m saying is I do believe the FA in general, they need more football people involved. They have picked a few managers in the last 20-odd years or so who were lucky to manage England,” he added.
Appointed manager of QPR in late 2012, Redknapp was in charge of Tottenham Hotspur at the time of Capello’s resignation and Hodgson’s selection, but was sacked from White Hart Lane that summer. He was unable to keep the R’s in the top flight last season but the Loftus Road club are currently riding high in the Championship.
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