Monday, December 20, 2010

Capello backs Allardyce and Redknapp

Fabio Capello believes Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp are currently best placed to succeed him as England manager.
Sam Allardyce, Harry Redknapp
Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp appear to be in pole position to replace Fabio Capello
Redknapp in frame for England
Redknapp has been widely tipped to take charge of the national side when Capello steps down in 2012 after leading Tottenham to fourth place last season and now into the Champions League knockout rounds.
Football Association general secretary Alex Horne recently indicated Redknapp would be a strong contender, although his candidacy could be harmed if he fails to clear his name during his upcoming tax evasion case.
With Roy Hodgson still yet to make an impact at Liverpool, there currently appear to be few obvious English candidates for the role, and Blackburn boss Allardyce, who was interviewed for the post in 2006, appears now to be back in the running.
Asked which English managers were best placed, Capello said: "In this moment, Allardyce and Redknapp are doing very well because they have different players, they have good style and get results with them.
"It is important for a coach to understand which type of players they manage and find the best style."
Capello and Allardyce were both at Wembley to support the launch of the FA's new football coaching manual. Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA's Director Of Football Development, revealed Allardyce had been invited to speak at the conference on the basis on his attention to detail as a coach.
"Sam has always had a big team of support staff so Sam is very much into performance, video analysis, a lot of detailed back-up, which is really important as a coach," he said. "That's the way the world is going. He has got some really good characteristics in what you look for in coaches."
Allardyce has made no secret of his desire to take the England job in the past, and in September reiterated his view that "an Englishman is better than a foreigner" for the position.
However, speaking at Wembley, he recognised that the job may be more difficult than club management.
"I haven't been an international manager so I don't know if I'm capable of doing it," Allardyce said. "All I do know is that from all the international managers I have spoken to it's a complete change from what I'm doing now.
"Fabio has talked about how he had to go from dealing with players on a day to day basis to having, all of a sudden, to deal with working with them now and again.
"Being an international manager is all about getting the best footballers available to you who are as fit as possible and putting those players in the best formation to get a result.
"You'd have to work out the best positions for all the players and that would be very difficult I would think. I have not been there but the pressure that they experience is immense, far bigger than they experience at their own clubs."

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