Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gerrard backs Redknapp

The FA should look no further than Harry Redknapp when it starts the process of finding a successor to Fabio Capello, Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has suggested.

Italian coach Capello will step down from one of the biggest positions in world football after Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine when his contract expires.

The former Real Madrid coach has overseen an unbeaten Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, with three uninspiring draws - two against Montenegro - the only blemish to an otherwise trouble-free route to next summer's showpiece finals. People looking at the Betfair betting will be wondering how the side will get on.

Now talk has inevitably lead to who will replace the 65-year-old and Anfield hero Gerrard is hoping the FA looks to these shores.

Redknapp leads the betting as the obvious candidate to replace Capello and can count on Gerrard for his vote when the selection progress begins. Fans of Euro 2012 betting will know the Spurs man is among the favourites.

"There are very good English managers out there," Gerrard told Sky Sports News.

"Harry Redknapp's name crops up a lot and he's done an unbelievable job. I don't think he gets the credit he deserves for what he's done at Tottenham.

"There's also maybe two or three other candidates along with Harry."

He added: "I don't see why we should have to look abroad if the English managers are good enough to do it, which I believe they are.

"But, for me, it's always the case of picking the best manager that can bring success for the country."

England will be joined at Euro 2012 by co-hosts Poland and Ukraine as well as holders Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Denmark, France, Greece, Russia and best runners-up Sweden, while the play-offs will involve Turkey, the Republic of Ireland, Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Portugal and the Czech Republic.

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