Exclusive: Redknapp preferred over Wenger

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Fans have had their say on who they think should manage the England side when Fabio Capello’s contract runs out next year, with 48% believing that Harry Redknapp would be the right choice.

Over 25,000 people voted in the Sports New Media poll on facebook, and while Redknapp took first place, Jose Mourinho came second with 36% of the vote.

Sven-Goran Eriksson said today that Arsene Wenger would make a top-class manager for England, but fans disagreed, with the Arsenal man only polling 7.6% of the votes.



Many fans insisted that an English manager is needed after Italian Capello produced disappointing results in the 2010 World Cup, but the high percentage of votes for Mourinho suggests that isn't the case.

Whether Wenger would leave Arsenal for the managerial job if it were offered to him, or Redknapp would leave for England, remains to be seen.

Fans made their feelings clear that alternative options Stuart Pearce, Martin O’Neill, Alan Shearer and Roy Hodgson were not the right candidates for the job, with none of the managers scoring over 4% of the vote.

Redknapp has been Tottenham manager since 2008, after moving from Portsmouth, and has taken Spurs to the first Champions League qualification in their history.

Tottenham went on to make the quarter finals in the European competition, and while Spurs didn’t qualify again this season, Redknapp held his nerve in the last transfer window and kept top players with the aim of getting back into the tournament.

Wenger, meanwhile, has been at the helm with Arsenal for 16 years, winning a multitude of trophies with the club, though not many have come recently. 

Mourinho is a clear fan favourite behind Redknapp to take over, with the Real Madrid manager boasting two Champions League trophies with different clubs, as well as six domestic titles across Portuguese, Italian and English football. 

Fans also suggested Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlo Ancelotti as possible replacements for Capello.

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