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Saturday 16 December 2017

'My mate 'Arry deserves it'

MILAN Mandaric believes there is no better candidate to manage England than Harry Redknapp.

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Mandaric and Tottenham manager Redknapp were together at Portsmouth and Mandaric believes his former colleague is the right man to succeed Fabio Capello as England boss.

Mandaric and Redknapp were both cleared of tax evasion charges relating to their time at Portsmouth on Wednesday, the same day as Capello resigned as England manager over the Football Association's decision to take the national captaincy off Chelsea defender John Terry.

Mandaric has now backed his friend Redknapp to become the next manager of England.

"I don't think there is a better man than Harry Redknapp to take over England," said Mandaric.



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"I possibly shouldn't say that because it is not my job to talk about managers who are employees and are very happy with their job.

"I want England to be successful because I am a big part of English football."

Redknapp is the overwhelming bookmakers' favourite to succeed Capello, and while Spurs forward Jermain Defoe admits Redknapp would be a popular choice, he would be sad to see him leave White Hart Lane.

"Everyone wants Harry to be the next England manager," said Defoe.

"He'll never turn round and say 'No I don't want the job', because it's such a big job. We don't want Harry to leave because of what he's achieved."

Meanwhile, one of the chief foreign contenders for the job, Guus Hiddink, has been ruled out by his agent due to his "strong personal relationship" with ousted captain John Terry.

Hiddink worked closely with Terry during a short but successful spell with Chelsea in the second half of the 2008-09 season which culminated in the Blues winning the FA Cup, and his agent Cees van Nieuwenhuizen said that could be a stumbling block to his appointment.

"I don't, based on previous conversations with England FA board members, imagine that it would work," he said.

"Guus also has a very strong personal relationship with John Terry and would be on his side in all this."

Van Nieuwenhuizen also indicated his client would not be interested in taking on the role just for Euro 2012.

"He's not done that in the past and had always previously also been involved in qualification," he added.

Hiddink led Holland to the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup and took 2002 co-hosts South Korea to the semi-finals, although his most recent posting as Turkey coach ended in failure to qualify for Euro 2012.

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