Ollie backs Harry for England job

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is planning to change the way Pool play for th crucial last nine games of the season
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is planning to change the way Pool play for th crucial last nine games of the season
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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is confident Harry Redknapp could get England playing like his Tottenham team.

Since being appointed as manager at White Hart Lane in 2008, Redknapp has completely transformed Spurs from Premier League strugglers to the dynamic outfit now competing in this season’s Champions League knock-out rounds.

The 63-year-old has frequently been tipped to succeed England head coach Fabio Capello when the Italian leaves his post in 2012 and Holloway feels Redknapp is the right man for the job.

“We’ll have to leave that to the powers that be, but I for one would love to see him in that chair,” said Holloway, whose Blackpool side host Tottenham tomorrow night.

“I think he can handle it and I think he’d get our players to play the way his clubs play - with a great deal of attacking prowess.

“He seems to get the best out of everybody, which you need as an international manager.”

Last week Tottenham notched a famous 1-0 victory over AC Milan in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg at the San Siro, a result which was overshadowed by an incident in which the hosts’ captain Gennaro Gattuso headbutted Spurs assistant boss Joe Jordan.

Holloway believes the way the episode was handled on Tottenham’s part is further testament to Redknapp’s qualities as a manager.

“How out of order was Mr Gattuso and how dignified was Joe Jordan with the whole thing?” Holloway said.

“If you knew Joe - he was Bristol City manager when I was a Bristol Rovers player - where he got that restraint from, I do not know!

“But he managed to control himself and I’m sure that is because of where he is and how he appreciates working with Harry at that club.

“People like Harry get the best out of everybody and I think he will always do that, and keep doing it.

“It’s amazing that he is now doing it at one of the top clubs and I think they are very fortunate to have him.”