Bolton chairman Gartside and England stars back Redknapp for England job
Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has expressed his admiration for Harry Redknapp and has hinted that he will become the next permanent England manager.
Gartside, who is a member of the FA board, said that Redknapp has the potential to be an ‘outstanding England manager’. It is the first time that one of the 14 members has publicly discussed the former West Ham and Portsmouth manager’s credentials. Although Gartside is not part of the four-man Cub England board tasked with appointing the new boss, he does belong to the FA board which will be asked to ratify any decision.
The four men in charge of replacing Capello are FA chairman David Bernstein, general secretary Alex Horne, director of football development Trevor Brooking and Club England managing director Adrian Bevington. They are set to put forward a shortlist of potential candidates and will soon make an official approach to clubs with Euro 2012 now looming fast.
Gartside is certainly not the only person to believe Redknapp is the right man for the job, as it is clear that the Spurs manager would be popular with his new players. Once Capello resigned, many England stars took to social networking site Twitter to express their support for him.
Forward Wayne Rooney wrote: “Gutted capello has quit. Good guy and top coach. Got to be english to replace him. Harry redknapp for me.”
His Manchester Untied teammate Rio Ferdinand also backed the 65-year-old: "I think we need an English manager now, we don't need anything else lost in translation....Harry Redknapp would be my choice by a distance."
Redknapp is currently in charge of Tottenham, who aim to finish the Premier League in fourth place to cap a fine season where they were able to reach the semi-final of the FA Cup before controversially being eliminated by London rivals Chelsea.