Redknapp ‘doesn’t trust’ England to replace Hodgson

Matt Stead

Harry Redknapp has got no confidence in the Football Association picking the right man to replace Roy Hodgson.

England slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Iceland on Monday, bringing their Euro 2016 journey to an end at the last-16 stage.

Hodgson resigned as manager in the aftermath, and Alan Shearer, Jamie Carragher and many more have offered their reactions to an “abject” performance. Matt Stead even brings you player ratings. They are positively glowing in praise.

And Redknapp – who has ruled himself out of the running for a job he once coveted, says the FA is “going to have to pull a rabbit out of a hat” to get the right replacement.

He told the Daily Telegraph: “Roy Hodgson could not possibly have survived as England manager but I’ve got no faith whatsoever in the Football Association picking the right man to succeed him.

“Can anyone trust the FA to get the right man? They gave the job to Hodgson and he has failed spectacularly for the last two tournaments, or even three if you consider Euro 2012.

“I’m seeing Gary Neville being made one of the favourites to succeed Hodgson but how the hell can he be considered after the job he did at Valencia? He should be culpable, he has never coached proper players and it would just be jobs for the boys if he was to be appointed.

“Gareth Southgate has done a great job with the under-21s but there’s no way he is ready for the challenge of taking on the England team.

“We’ve got the farcical situation of Dan Ashworth picking the next England manager and I’m really not sure about his credentials either. It appears that anyone connected with West Brom seems to have a chance.

“The FA are seriously going to have to pull a rabbit out of the hat because there don’t seem to be any obvious contenders out there for me.”

The 69-year-old former Portsmouth, Tottenham, West Ham, Bournemouth, Southampton and QPR boss added: “You can count me out – I’ve made it clear how I’d have liked the job in the past but they aren’t going to consider me now.”