Harry Redknapp has slammed the Football Association, insisting “they wouldn’t know a good manager if their lives depended on it”.
The QPR manager told The Daily Mail that in an extract of his forthcoming book, many of English football’s problems stem from those in charge.
There are those, including the top dogs at the FA themselves, who might take Redknapp’s words with a pinch of salt. Perhaps sour grapes would be a more appropriate seasoning.
It is still only eighteen months since Redknapp, the people’s favourite, was odds on to get the England job before the FA handed the post to Roy Hodgson, then of West Bromich Albion.
In a move no-one expected - least of all Redknapp - he had been publicly ridiculed by the very organisation he was ready to sign for.
He is not alone of course, among his fellow managers in his dislike for the FA, not least because of the numerous fines and touchline bans handed out each season.
All in all, it would be fair to say Harry Redknapp has legitimate grievances with the FA - yet his latest outburst hits at the core of something much deeper than personal resentment, revealing more than two decade of frustration at dealing with English football’s governing body.
Redknapp makes the very apt point that the majority of the FA’s elites have little to no experience of running a football club, making it difficult for them to make sensible decisions.
Hodgson has come under fire from some England fans, as while his side are still in a position to qualify for the World Cup in 2014, his results have been accompanied by a stagnant, uninspiring brand of football, and certainly not the type of play that wins major tournaments.
That is not to say that Redknapp’s style would necessarily have had England playing like Brazil.
He stopped short of calling Hodgson a ‘yes man’, though he pointedly referred to the current occupant of the England hot seat as “more of an FA man”.
If that brings back painful memories of Brian Clough and Don Revie, you’re not alone.
Representing the home of football has placed the FA in a position to make great strides towards a fairer game.
Indeed, they were instrumental in the push for goal-line technology which has finally made its way into the Premier League this season.
But when it comes to choosing their own manager, Redknapp is entirely right to argue that England’s football bosses are hopelessly unqualified.
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