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
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