Harry Redknapp Focused On Tottenhamby Jack Kitson / 15 December 2011, 10:30
Harry Redknapp has revealed that he is committed to his job at Tottenham despite being the heavy favourite to replace England manager Fabio Capello next summer. The hot vacancy opens up after the European Championships in Poland & Ukraine and there is already mouting speculation linking Redknapp with the job. The 65-year-old has won many plaudits for his excellent work at Spurs and with the Football Association keen for an English manager Redknapp is definitely the stand out candidate.
Earlier this week Spurs Chairman Daniel Lecy stated that his manager will not consider the England job at the present time. Redknapp, who still has 18 months left on his contract, is totally focused on his job at hand at Spurs and after getting a taste of Champions League football last season he is desperate for the club to qualify for Europe's elite competition once again. The North London club recently went on a 11 match unbeaten league run - including six wins on the spin - and are currently looking good in 4th, with a game in hand over 3rd place Chelsea.
Back in September Redknapp said that it would be hard to turn down the chance to become manager of England and you get the feeling that it really is a case of now or never next summer. Redknapp is definitely the popular choice for the job and remains the 7/4 favourite in the Next England Manager Betting, followed by the new Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill at 11/2 and West Brom manager Roy Hodgson at 7/1. Other potential candidates include Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Alan Pardew, while Stuart Pearce is a 16/1 outsider.
Tottenham travel to Ireland tonight to play Shamrock Rovers in what is probably their last match in the Europa League. Spurs not only need a win but they need Rubin Kazan to win in Greece against PAOK Salonika and also a five goal swing on the Russians. Redknapp has made no secret of his league preference and is expected to play a much changed side to the one that lined up against Stoke last weekend. Meanwhile, the Irish champions will be gunning to bow out of the competition with at least a point in what could be manager Michael O'Neill's last match in charge, as he is the current frontrunner in the Northern Ireland Manager Betting. Spurs are the heavy 4/9 favourites for the win, while Rovers can be found at 13/2, with a draw available at 10/3.
All odds courtesy of Stan James.