Date: 23rd November 2007 at 1:00am
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Harry Redknapp has revealed to sky sports news that he will not rule himself out of the running to become the next England manager: ‘who knows who they will appoint? I don’t know, it’s up to whoever appoints the job to come up with the answers.

‘I don’t think anybody would [rule it out], anybody would love to manage the country, for sure. But I wouldn’t see it coming my way to be truthful.

‘It’s all ifs and buts, the only thing I am worried about is going to Birmingham on Saturday and picking up three points’.

You can understand why Redknapp would not rule out the job, this is the pinnacle for any English manager, to manager your country is something that most, probably all aspire to be when they start a managerial career.

While I cannot blame him for not ruling this out this is not something that I can see happening to be honest, at least I hope not, even though I must confess I am sitting a little less comfortable than I was now that ‘the special one’ Jose Mourinho has ruled himself out of the running – apparently? Although there are still probably others above him with a stronger claim.

Peter Storrie has already said that Pompey ‘wouldn’t welcome any approach’ from the FA for Redknapp, he too spoke to sky sports news: ‘Harry’s just signed a new contract with us, he’s very happy, we’ve got a successful team, fantastic season and we’re concentrating on that.

‘Hopefully they’ll look completely the other way because we won’t let them talk to him at all.

‘As far as we’re concerned, we wouldn’t give them permission to talk to him’.

I hope that this does not turn sour, as should the FA decide they do want to speak to Redknapp if the club denied them permission we all know how stubborn he can be, so I worry how this could end up if they said no…

Either way, I hope that such an approach does not come about and that my thinking that he would not be the man the FA would want proves right – if it is not then we will have to cross that bridge, if and when we get to it.

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