Mourinho and Guardiola in frame for England manager's job

Mar 2, 2012

Harry Redknapp favourite, but the selection will not be straightforward coronation

HARRY REDKNAPP is not the only name in the hat to be the next England manager, and superstar alternatives such as Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will be considered. The Football Association is expected to draw up a list of contenders for the job and, while Tottenham manager Redknapp's name is likely to be at the top, his appointment will not be a straightforward coronation.

FA chairman David Bernstein will keep the shortlist private, but The Guardian states the obvious when it says: "The FA is aware that Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid would be high-calibre alternatives."

Mourinho, who is likely to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, was considered for the role prior to Fabio Capello's appointment. Guardiola's availability will be looked into as the Spaniard may leave Barcelona this summer. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is another whose temperature was taken before Cappello's 2008 appointment.  

The Daily Telegraph says caretaker manager Stuart Pearce remains an outside possibility, even though he has said he does not feel up to the job, as does Roy Hodgson.
The Daily Mail points out that, while Redknapp is favourite, there are fears the FA may not be able to "meet the demands of Redknapp and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy", who it describes as "one of the toughest negotiators in football".

This means Bernstein will want to avoid leaving Redknapp as the only possible option, not least because it would strengthen Tottenham's hand.

Redknapp will probably ask for less cash than Cappello, the Mail suggests £4m a year, but the 65-year-old will have other demands. The paper points out there has never been a European winner of a South American World Cup and, with the 2014 tournament taking place in Brazil, Redknapp will want to lead England to the 2016 Euros in France.

Then, of course, there is question of whether Redknapp will walk away from Tottenham, a club where he is widely respected and has been well looked after, not least during his tax avoidance trial

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