After Capello, England will want a motivator such as Redknapp, his credentials enhanced by involvement in the Champions League.
Spurs’ unfortunate loss would be England’s gain but there’s an obvious replacement, a familiar face at the Lane.
Sport on television One of their old lilywhite idols, a committed full-back who won two FA Cups and the Uefa Cup during 13 years playing for Spurs, is now looking increasingly at home in management. Chris Hughton has set Newcastle United up well tactically and mentally, producing good, hungry attacking football.
Hughton may not be deemed high profile enough yet for Spurs but by 2012, why not? Hughton loves Spurs and coached there for 14 years, including a six-game spell as caretaker in 1998.
After working for the soulless, penny-pinching regime of Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, Hughton certainly deserves more caring employers.