By Amir Mir
Harry Redknapp has suggested that former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood could be the man to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager.
As reported by the Birmingham Mail, former Tottenham manager Redknapp believes Sherwood could be the person to lead England forward despite being sacked by the Midlands club last year.
England crashed out of Euro 2016 with a surprise 2-1 defeat to Iceland on Monday which resulted in Hodgson’s imminent resignation.
Sherwood’s previous managerial experiences have been at Redknapp’s former club Tottenham and most recently Aston Villa.
In his first managerial job Sherwood helped former club Spurs to European qualification as they finished in sixth place in the 2013/14 Premier League season, but he was sacked in May 2014 by owner Daniel Levy.
Redknapp feels the passion Sherwood displays will help the England team as they prepare for a World Cup tournament in Russia in two years time.
Sherwood was highly criticised for his tactics as the Midlands outfit went on numerous losing streaks in the recently concluded Premier League season.
But Sherwood was an integral figure to the club staying up in the 2014/15 Premier League campaign which saw them reach the FA Cup Final for the first time in 15 years before losing heavily to Arsenal.
“He’s got passion, enthusiasm, I’ll come and work with him all day. He’s young, enthusiastic, knows the game.” said Redknapp.
But Redknapp who was strongly linked with the England job before Hodgson took charge has dismissed early favourite and current England under-21’s boss Gareth Southgate.
“Why should he get it in front of Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce, who are proven managers?” said Redknapp whilst speaking to Radio 5 live.
The former Portsmouth boss felt that Southgate was part of a losing English system and did not have the right credentials for the vacant post.
“Knows what system? The losing system? He knows the losing formula? I like Gareth Southgate, he’s a great lad, but what’s he done?” said the 69-year-old.
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