Harry Redknapp has expressed an interest in the England managerial job, but feels that he will not get the position due to his age.
Fabio Capello announced this week that he plans to step down at the Euro 2012 campaign and Redknapp has always had a desire to manage his country.
When asked if he would turn down the role, Redknapp said: “No, but I don’t want to start saying ‘I want the England job’.
“It’s not something that I push myself for. I will probably be too old. If Capello is too old, I will be too old.”
Yet he added: “People will always take it because, if you’re English, it’s the pinnacle of your career if you’re in management.
“You’ve got to take the job if you get offered it. “(But) whoever takes it gets absolutely slaughtered.
“Probably the only person who has escaped it has been Terry Venables in Euro 96.
“But, since then, everybody’s had it, haven’t they? Probably even the great Bobby Robson.
“He got slaughtered at one stage – made his life a misery.
“I would like to see an English guy get the job when Capello calls it a day,” he added.
“There’s a lot of good football people out there who never get the opportunity to manage at a higher level, who would be just as good and just as clever given the chance. I really believe that.”
He added: “If you can’t produce someone who can manage the country then what we should do is send them all over to Italy to do the coaching badge.
“There is somebody out there, a younger guy, who can do that job. They are not taking over a team that has done so fantastic, that has won World Cups.
“It can’t be any worse, can it?
“We have got a great manager now. But it hasn’t worked so far in terms of the World Cup.
“I want to see an English boy have a go.”
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