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    No bungs, no cut of the transfers etc. Nothing in it for him.

    Glory means nothing to him, he's just interested in the pay packet."
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Harry Redknapp is 'the only viable choice' for England

Harry Redknapp in his Saints days

Harry Redknapp in his Saints days

First published in Adam Leitch Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

Whether you like it or not, Harry Redknapp is the only viable choice to take over from Fabio Capello as England boss.

The clamour from the country is clear – they want an Englishman to take on the ‘impossible job’.

After Capello and Sven Goran Eriksson both proved expensive failures, it’s perfectly understandable and the FA are highly unlikely to buck public opinion.

And if you’re going English, Redknapp’s is the only name on the menu.

Whether he would leave Tottenham is a question only he can answer, but whether he will be offered the job surely is not up for debate.

There is a dearth of English managers doing well at Premier League level, and very few can boast any kind of sustained success.

Former Saints manager, and one time England assistant, Lawrie McMenenmy, has always insisted that the England boss should be someone who has had a long club career with success over a number of years.

How many English managers who remain in the top levels of the game can you point to with that?

Redknapp does have popular support throughout the country and, however he does it, is adored by players.

With Euro 2012 just around the corner the FA don’t have long to make up their minds.

They need somebody who can slot in quickly, who knows the players and the background and who can unite the country behind them and the team.

Step forward Harry.

• For more opinion and reaction don’t miss Lawrie McMenemy’s exclusive column in Saturday’s Daily Echo and Adam Rant in this weekend’s Pink.

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