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Published on Feb 17, 2012
Harry Redknapp says FA have not been in contact
Harry Redknapp said he has not been approached by the Football Association about the England manager's job. The FA began the process of finding a successor to Fabio Capello last week with the Tottenham boss, 64, favourite with bookmakers to take the role. "I've not spoken to anybody - I'm not going to rule myself out but I've not been ruled in either," Redknapp said ahead of the FA Cup tie at Stevenage. "I've just been thinking about Stevenage all week." Redknapp confirmed that the England position vacated by Capello on 8 February, could not be done on a part-time basis in the long term. "[I an interview with Abu Dhabi Sports] I was asked if could someone could do it just for Euros," Redknapp continued. "In the long term it couldn't be done part-time, it would have be done full-time. You couldn't run any club in any country in the world and do that job as well."
Redknapp's club side are currently enjoying one of their most successful seasons in recent years, with seven points separating themselves in third with leaders Manchester City and a 10-point gap to fourth-placed Arsenal. "My focus is on trying to get Tottenham as high up the table as I can," he added. "We want a Champions League spot and we also have a chance in the FA Cup."
The Premier League season finishes on 13 May when Spurs play Fulham at White Hart Lane. England have friendlies against Norway in Oslo on 26 May and Belgium at Wembley on 2 June. England's Euro 2012 campaign begins against France on 11 June. On Friday, former England captain David Beckham became the latest high-profile name to hail the Tottenham boss' credentials. "Harry's a great man and a great manager," said the 36-year-old, who won 115 caps. "His man-management is incredible. I know players who have played under him and I've trained under him. He's not just a great manager but a great person. But right now he is the Spurs boss." On Thursday, Redknapp said he was aware that he was being heavily backed by fans and players to land the national role.
"I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't the popular choice," the ex-Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth and Southampton manager said. "I know I am, it's been everywhere, in every paper every day. "But it's not an easy one. I have a good job and I work with good people and I have a good team. "Just to walk away now, when we're in such a good position, it wouldn't be fair, it wouldn't be fair on Tottenham. I have to really keep focusing on Tottenham."
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