Huffpost UK Sport uk

Harry Redknapp Wishes Roy Hodgson Well Over England Managerial Role

Posted: Updated:
REDKNAPP
Redknapp was thought to be favourite for the England role ahead of Hodgson | PA

Harry Redknapp bears no malice towards Roy Hodgson after the Football Association were granted permission to speak to the West Brom manager over the vacant England coach's role.

Redknapp was anointed heir apparent after Fabio Capello resigned from the Three Lions hot seat on 8 February, but, as HuffPost UK stated, only one of the FA's four-man panel, general secretary Alex Horne, wanted him for the role.

Speaking at Tottenham's training ground today, the 65-year-old said: "I'm very happy to be doing what I am at Tottenham.

"I suppose it's all dragged on a bit [selection process] but it's no problem and I'll just get on with my job here and we are looking for a good end to the season," he told Sky Sports News.

"I like Roy, he's a top man and a good guy and I wish him great success.

"England have some fantastic players and I'm looking forward to the Euros.

"Life couldn't be better: the sun is shining, I'm in good health and I'm a very lucky man."

Spurs' form under Redknapp nosedived after he was acquitted of tax fraud charges on the same day Capello quit the national post.

The Lilywhites' 2-0 victory over Blackburn on Sunday was just their third in the Premier League from 12 games.

And in the semi-final of the FA Cup they were crushed 5-1 by Chelsea at Wembley. The weekend win has however seen them return to fourth, which offers a Champions League berth.

Hodgson, 64, was appointed West Brom manager last year and guided the Baggies from 17th in February to 11th at the end of the season.

Of the England role, he said in February: "Harry's receiving all the backing from virtually all quarters, but it's up to them to decide what they want to do and I don't think it's right for people like myself to say: 'I'm interested or I'm not interested' in the job because I've no idea what the FA have got in mind and what they want to do.

"I think it's right to keep one's options open."

Around the Web

Harry Redknapp wishes Roy Hodgson 'all the best' for England job

Redknapp: Bale not ready for Barca

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says Champions League battle still wide open

Is Harry Redknapp paying the price for being a maverick, like Brian Clough?

Redknapp: Modric may leave Spurs