Harry Redknapp has enjoyed a remarkable career in football but you sense he’ll always feel a little unfulfilled because he never got the opportunity to manage the England national team.
Most England fans expected that Redknapp would be handed the reins by the Football Association at some point towards the end of his managerial career; however, it’s very difficult to imagine him ever getting the call now.
Redknapp hasn’t worked in management since leaving Queens Park Rangers in 2015 - barring a brief spell as the head coach of the Jordanian national team earlier this year - and Gareth Southgate is on the verge of being named as England’s permanent manager by the FA after the 46-year-old replaced Sam Allardyce in September.
Redknapp believes that Southgate, despite his relative lack of experience, could be the right choice by the FA.
"Gareth's as good a candidate as there is," the former Tottenham boss told the Daily Mail. "I hope he's a great success. What is he doing well? I don't know. Qualifying for the World Cup? We'll do that. Then what? He's a great lad, was a good player.
"As a manager he hasn't proved anything. Maybe he was at a club, Middlesbrough, where it was difficult to achieve at the time. I don't know. He's taken the Under 21s and they've done OK. I think Gareth fits. There's not a lot around."
Redknapp: Jurgen Klopp would be okay
But the 69-year-old also believes that three others - including the current Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, bizarrely - should be considered as potential candidates.
"They were talking about Ralf Rangnick, a German bloke I'd hardly heard of," Redknapp added. "What's he done? Why should he be manager of England? Would the Germans have an English manager? Not a chance.
"Maybe Jurgen Klopp would be okay. I do like Klopp's personality. It looks like the Liverpool players want to play for him. But it should be English. You could go for Sean Dyche, he's getting blood from a stone at Burnley.
"Eddie Howe is an obvious candidate. In two or three years I can see Eddie being England manager.
“At the moment he's happy at Bournemouth, he's at home with a good owner.”
Klopp as next England boss? No chance...
While Dyche and Howe might be tempted to take the England job if the opportunity arises in a few years’ time, it’s hard to imagine Klopp being interested - particularly if he’s still at Liverpool.
The revered German coach is currently working his magic at Anfield, where the supporters worship him.
Klopp is contracted to Liverpool until 2022 after signing a new long-term deal with the Merseyside outfit in July and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s still at the club in six years time.
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