The Doc’s Prescription - ‘Arry’s Out of Work

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A few months ago Harry Redknapp was favourite - in fact there were no other candidates - for the England job and it looked as though he was leading his Spurs side to an automatic Champions League spot.

However, sometimes events have a way of unfolding that no-one could possibly predict.

Out of the blue England announce Roy Hodgson as the new national manager and Harry, hoping to extend his existing contract, finds himself out of a job!

It appears that the Spurs’ Board and, in particular, the chairman, Daniel Levy didn’t appreciate Harry’s short but very public dalliance with the England job. And one win in a run of nine games convinced them that he was no longer the man to lead Spurs onto the next level.

I wonder if Chelsea had not won the Champions League and Spurs had qualified for European football at the highest level, would Harry still be on the payroll?

I actually don’t believe so as I think the performances of younger bosses such as Paul Lambert, Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers has made the bigger clubs realise that this new emerging talent might be the way forward.

These guys had come from nowhere (lower league clubs) but were playing a brand of football that had fans everywhere talking and, most importantly, they were getting results.

Harry, in the meantime, is talking up his situation: “I’m not one for sitting at home and it’s football that keeps me going. I feel fit as a fiddle and I would suit any job.”

I have a feeling Harry will find it harder that he thinks to get a job at a big club.

Football, like life, can sometimes be strange.

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