Harry Redknapp is the bookmakers favourite to become the next permanent England manager after Fabio Capello resigned yesterday.
Redknapp was found not guilty of taking “bungs” in a £189,000 tax dodge and speculation is rife that it was “no coincidence” that Capello left his post on the day Redknapp was cleared.
The 63-year-old Englishman would be a popular choice to lead his underachieving country into Euro 2012 following a dismal World Cup campaign two years ago.
Indeed, Redknapp has displayed such credentials at Tottenham Hotspur, who were languishing near the bottom of the Premier League when he took over in 2008.
Just two years later Redknapp delivered Champions League football for the first time in the White Hart Lane club’s history and has turned Welsh international Gareth Bale into one of the best players in the Premier League. This was a player who had infamously played 24 league matches for the club and not been on the winning side.
This is not the first time Redknapp has turned around the fortunes of a flagging club – his first managerial appointment at Bournemouth in 1983 was when the Cherries sat second-from-bottom in the old Division Three. But, in 1987, they were promoted after winning the league.
He joined West Ham United as assistant manager in 1992 and was appointed manager in 1994 after Billy Bonds resigned. He quit in 2001 after avoiding relegation.
He joined Portsmouth as director of football and when Graham Rix was sacked, he took over as manager in 2002 and won promotion to the Premier League a year later.
But, in 2004, Redknapp committed the cardinal sin of leaving Portsmouth to join arch-rivals Southampton. He stayed at St Mary’s for just over a year and by December 2005 was back at Fratton Park after admitting he made a “monumental mistake” in leaving the club.
Redknapp guided Portsmouth to winning the FA Cup in 2008 but just a few months later, quit the club for a second time to take the job at Tottenham Hotspur.
Redknapp can be backed at current best odds of 1.4 (bet365).
More England Manager Candidates
Undoubtedly Redknapp’s odds are short due to the media frenzy which has taken place during the past 24 hours with him being cleared of tax-dodging and Capello resigning. Both England striker Wayne Rooney and former player-turned-pundit Gary Lineker have also publicly called for Redknapp’s appointment.
However, value hunters will be keen to look elsewhere, so if you want to back somebody at longer odds, you can choose from:
- Stuart Pearce @ 8.5 (Paddy Power)
- Guus Hiddink @ 11.0 (Bet Victor)
- Jose Mourinho @ 15.0 (Paddy Power)
- Roy Hodgson @ 15.0 (Betfred)
- Alan Pardew @ 21.0 (Sportingbet)
- Arsene Wenger @ 34.0 (Sportingbet)
- Martin O’Neill @ 34.0 (bet365)
- Rafa Benitez @ 34.0 (Sportingbet)
- Gareth Southgate @ 41.0 (Betfred)
- Carlo Ancelotti @ 51.0 (Sky Bet)
- Chris Powell @ 51.0 (Paddy Power)
- Louis Van Gaal @ 51.0 (Sportingbet)
- Roberto Mancini @ 51.0 (Paddy Power)
- Sam Allardyce @ 51.0 (Sportingbet)
- Steve Coppell @ 51.0 (Paddy Power)
- Alan Curbishley @ 67.0 (Paddy Power)
- Alan Shearer @ 67.0 (Sky Bet)
- David Beckham @ 67.0 (Sky Bet)
- Kevin Keegan @ 67.0 (Boylesports)
- Steve Bruce @ 67.0 (Sportingbet)
- Ray Wilkins @ 67.0 (Bet Victor)
- Sir Trevor Brooking @ 67.0 (Sportingbet)
- Gary Neville @ 101.0 (Bet Victor)
- Sven Goran Eriksson @ 101.0 (Boylesports)
- Terry Venables @ 101.0 (Sportingbet)