Redknapp open to part-time role
Updated Thursday, 16th February 2012
Redknapp open to part-time role.
Harry Redknapp would be open to the idea of managing England at Euro 2012 this summer while remaining in charge of Tottenham.
He insists, however, that it would be "impossible" to marry both jobs on a long-term basis, claiming such a move would hamper the national side's chances of success and be "unfair" on the Tottenham fans who supported him during his recent tax evasion trial.
"Part-time? In the short term I think it's possible for the European Championships," said Redknapp, who then stressed such a move would not be possible after the Euros.
Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to succeed Fabio Capello as England boss after the Italian's shock resignation last week.
The Football Association are keen to appoint an Englishman and Redknapp fits the bill having built up his reputation during a stellar three-year period at White Hart Lane.
Redknapp had previously hinted that he would only consider taking charge of England on a long-term basis, but the 64-year-old now appears willing to take on a dual role for a short period.
"In the long term it's not possible to manage a club team and manage a national team," he said.
"It's difficult enough to manage in the Premier League without having to worry about managing the England team as well. You want to be watching England players play, you want to be watching the opposition.
"I think whoever they give the job to could only do the one job.
"Maybe for the Euros, it's not such a problem but once the Euros are finished and the new season starts in England, the manager has to be a Premier League manager - if it's someone who manages in the Premier League - or the England manager. To do the two jobs, it would be impossible."