Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has cast doubt on whether he will become England manager by saying it would be difficult to leave White Hart Lane.
The 65-year-old remains the favourite to take over at Wembley and a whole host of Premier League players and managers have come out in support of his proposed appointment.
However, Redknapp himself is not sure whether he wants to leave Spurs after three-and-a-half successful years, and commit to the FA. When asked in an interview with French newspaper L'Equipe if he would like to manage England he said: "I'm not sure. I have a very good job at Tottenham today and I like it. But I do not know. We will wait and see."
The former Portsmouth manager has said in the past that the England job is the "ultimate" management position in English football. However, despite a poor recent run of results Spurs still sit third in the Premier League table and are poised for another run at the Champions League next season.
Tottenham enjoyed a taste of Europe's premier club competition last season as they reached the quarter finals before being knocked out by Real Madrid. The chance for another crack at the Champions League has led some to believe that Redknapp may forgo the England job to remain in north London.
When asked about international management, Redknapp said: "When you have a club, you are looking for a striker and you take them. When you're coach, you must do with the players you have in your country. If you do not have a good scorer, you have none. And you almost never see the players. Two days all two months: it is very difficult."
The FA has said it plans to wait until nearer the end of the season until making an approach for their preferred candidate as they do not want to disrupt clubs mid-season. However, Spurs may argue that uncertainty surrounding their manager has already had an impact on their season as defeat to Everton last weekend made it three straight losses.
Should Arsenal beat Newcastle this evening the Gunners would close to within one point of their north London rivals.