Harry Redknapp newsflash: Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers is as English as Fabio Capello
HARRY Redknapp’s autobiography is high on the news cycle. In it, he comes across as bitter at not getting the England job he wanted and thought was his. He says that he’d have picked then Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers to be his number two. Rodgers must be gutted. Still he has to make do with managing Liverpool, one of the world’s great clubs, while Harry led QPR into the Championship.
Rodgers was, of course, born in Northern Ireland. He’s not English. He got his first break into management with Jose Mourinho (not English) at Chelsea. Chelsea managers Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari (both not English) kept Rodgers on.
So. He could be been on the England management staff, working for Redknapp.
Harry Redknapp believes English managers are as good as, if not better than, their foreign counterparts. The Tottenham manager has long been an advocate of giving homegrown coaches a chance to manage at the highest level in this country and feels that, given recent results, more should be appointed over “sexy names” from abroad. He even claims Ian Holloway’s success in leading Blackpool from the Championship to ninth in the Premier League would be beyond José Mourinho.
He lamented that “English people don’t have the money” to buy football clubs.
Redknapp told TalkSPORT back in 2010:
“I’m English, who wouldn’t want to manage England. There’s not an Englishman – whether it’s me, Roy Hodgson or Sam Allardyce – who would turn the job down because it’s our country and we want to manage our country. No one is ever going to turn that job down.”
He told the Sun in 2010:
“Should the England job only be for the English? I would back that.”
To recap: Brendan Rodgers is not English.