Redknapp rules out part-time England role as Fergie backs Spurs boss to replace Capello
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp admits he is flattered to be the overwhelming favourite to succeed Fabio Capello as England boss but appeared to rule out the prospect of combining his club role with managing the national team.
The 64-year-old is the bookmakers' favourite for the England job and appears to be the popular choice among supporters, the media and other managers and players, including Sir Alex Ferguson.
Asked if he was flattered to be the popular choice to lead England, he said: 'Yes of course. It's nice if people put me in a position where they think I've got a chance of getting the job.
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'It is flattering, other managers have come out and said nice things and I appreciate everybody's support really.'
Manchester United boss Ferguson is convinced Redknapp is the man for the job.
He said: 'There is no doubt Harry Redknapp is the best man. The press have decided. Harry is the best man.
'He has the experience and personality and the knowledge of the game. He has changed the fortunes of every club he has been at. He is the right choice.'
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Sportsmail exclusively revealed that it would cost the FA 10million to take Redknapp away from Spurs as his contract as 15 months left to run.
And he appeared to rule out the possibility of coaching England and his club at the same time, saying: 'It is hard enough managing a league club let alone managing your country, it's two very difficult jobs.
'I think your focus has got to be on one job, you can't be going home thinking, “Who's playing well in this situation”
'I can't take my eye off the ball at Tottenham at the moment because we're looking to get Champions League football, we're still in the FA Cup and I owe it to them to continue to keep completely focused on the job I'm doing here.
'It wouldn't be fair to anybody here if I started to let my thoughts wander elsewhere.'
Ferguson who took on the
Scotland job for the 1986 World Cup while Aberdeen manager following the
death of Jock Stein, cautioned against that approach.
He added: 'I tried it myself with Scotland in Mexico. I found it very difficult.'
Capello resigned on Wednesday after the FA board went over his head to strip John Terry of the captaincy while the Chelsea defender prepares to contest a charge of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand at a trial in July.