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FA bid for Redknapp inevitable - Fergie

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Tottenham to brace themselves for an approach for manager Harry Redknapp from the Football Association.

• FA to wait until end of season

Following England's friendly defeat to Netherlands on Wednesday, the FA has begun the search for Fabio Capello's replacement in earnest. FA general secretary Alex Horne admitted on Friday an appointment would not come until the "back end of the season".

However, despite the likes of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola being linked with the vacancy, Ferguson believes it is only a matter of time before the FA makes its move for Redknapp.

"The people who will be more concerned are the Tottenham directors," Ferguson said. "I am sure they will be wondering what the next step is.

"I don't think they can dismiss the eventuality of the FA making contact. It is going to happen. They will be more worried than the actual players."

Ahead of United's trip to third-placed Tottenham on Sunday, Ferguson has warned the speculation surrounding Redknapp's future could have a negative impact on the Spurs dressing room.

When Ferguson announced he would retire at the end of the 2002 season, the Scot admits his United players lost focus, and has warned the same could happen at White Hart Lane.

"When I said I was going to retire, it definitely had an effect on the dressing room," Ferguson added. "It is a little bit different because it is only speculation. Harry has not made any statement saying he wants the England job although I think the general feeling is he would relish it."

Like many other Premier League managers, Ferguson believes Redknapp is the best man for the England job and believes the former West Ham and Portsmouth boss has all the credentials necessary to lead the Three Lions.

"You judge any manager on longevity and Harry has survived all the different types of challenges," he said. "He was bottom of the league at Portsmouth and he rescued them, which was an amazing achievement. If he hadn't gone there, they were relegated.

"He has influenced the team everywhere he has been. That is a good way to assess a manager. He never seems to be in a panic. He seems to be calm. He is never in a tizzy - unlike myself."

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