FA board member backs Redknapp

Phil Gartside has become the first FA board member to publicly

back Harry Redknapp for the England job.

Bolton chairman Gartside, who also sits on the 14-member FA

board, has described the Tottenham boss as having the potential to

be an “outstanding England manager”.

Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to take over the role

that has remained vacant since Fabio Capello handed in his

resignation on February 8.

Despite Redknapp’s seemingly universal approval the FA have

remained tight-lipped about who will lead England into this

summer’s European Championship, saying only that a decision would

be made towards the end of the season.

In an interview to be aired on the BBC World Extra Time this

weekend, Gartside also labelled Redknapp a “good motivator with a

winning mentality”.

Gartside is not, however, part of the four-man Club England

board tasked with appointing the new manager, although as part of

the FA board he will be asked to ratify any decision.

The four men charged with replacing Capello are director of

football development Trevor Brooking, general secretary Alex Horne,

Club England managing director Adrian Bevington and FA chairman

David Bernstein.