SPORT TALK: Why Harry’s the best of a bad bunch

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp leaves Southwark Crown Court in London after being cleared of taking bungs in an offshore tax dodge.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp leaves Southwark Crown Court in London after being cleared of taking bungs in an offshore tax dodge.
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YOU’D think Harry Redknapp had already been appointed England manager.

It seems most quarters of the media aren’t just on the bandwagon for Arry to replace Fabio Capello – they’re pretty much driving it straight to Wembley.

And you can see why. Not many other high-profile bosses speak so freely to the press, or enjoy such a healthy rapport.

But should that be enough to make the Spurs boss – who has enjoyed a largely mediocre, if not colourful, career overall – a shoe-in for the biggest job in English football?

While nobody can deny that Redknapp’s Tottenham team play some of the best football in the Premier League, he’s only really got an FA Cup win with Portsmouth on his managerial CV. The same could be said for Joe Royle, for example.

It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when the ‘Del Boy’ of English football is deemed the best home candidate.

But, it’s also worrying that the likes of Alan Pardew, Sam Allardyce and Alan Curbishley are the other English names mentioned in the same breath as the national hot-seat.

With that in mind, it’s hard to see past Redknapp if the FA decide that the next man must be English – and I’m going to take it as a given that he’ll be boss AFTER Euro 2012.

Before then, my own personal favourite would be Guus Hiddink. The ex-Chelsea, Russia, Turkey and Holland manager knows all about tournament football and is an expert tactician.

If England are to have any chance of success in Poland and Ukraine, we need our tactics bang on the money.

I TOUCHED on this last week, but it’s surely time for the FA to do away with the meaningless pre-match handshakes, in the wake of Suarez-gate.

Saturday’s game between Manchester United and Liverpool was marred by the Uruguayan’s snub of Patrice Evra, mirroring the John Terry/Wayne Bridge ‘saga’ of last year.

While Liverpool, Kenny Dalglish and Suarez himself handled the situation appallingly, I don’t see why anybody should be bothered by the ‘non shake’. Not every player gets on, deal with it.

The worst element of the day for me was Dalglish’s pathetic post-match interview.