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Feb 29, 2012

FA uncertain over Redknapp decision

ESPNsoccernet understands that there are dissenting voices within the FA about the possible appointment of Harry Redknapp as the next England manager.

Tottenham boss Redknapp is favourite to replace Fabio Capello in the job long-term, but there are some concerns about his lack of experience at major clubs before his current role, and his total lack of international experience. An ESPN source says: "The word from within the FA is that there are two who have expressed their uncertainty about whether Harry Redknapp is the right man for the job."

No-one should jump to the conclusion that 'dissenting voices' are within the very closely guarded four man "Team England" group who will make the recommendation to the Executive Board. The dissenting voices are actually from outside that group, and ESPN's source is from outside of the FA who understands that there are objections from outside of the group. The FA will investigate various options after the Holland game at Wembley on Wednesday night and will then formerly draw up their already provisional shortlist of candidates in case it proves impossible to lure Redknapp to the post.

Another to be linked is Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, and his recent trip to London has started the rumour mill churning over whether he would fancy taking over the national job. Chelsea and Tottenham are options should he return to the Premier League, but the FA is keen to find out his intentions before making an approach. Indeed, Club England managing director Adrian Bevington insisted that the decision would not be taken lightly. "We haven't spoken to any individual or any club at this stage," he told the BBC. "We're just ensuring we go about it in the right way and we are certainly not going to knee-jerk into anything.

"I am not prepared to answer any questions on who it may or may not be. Obviously we have been talking at length but we have to respect any managers and any clubs during this process and we will do so before we determine the path we want to follow."

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