Harry Redknapp slams English FA for being ill-equipped to pick England manager

LONDON (AFP) - Harry Redknapp has claimed in his new book that the Football Association's senior officials do not have the right experience to appoint the England manager.

Redknapp, then in charge at Tottenham, had been widely expected to replace Fabio Capello as England boss when the Italian resigned last year.

The public ground-swell of support for Redknapp, who says he received messages backing him for the post from the likes of Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, was so strong that he was convinced he would get the job and asked Brendan Rodgers, then Swansea manager and now at Liverpool, to be his assistant at Euro 2012.

But the FA's four-man selection panel instead made the surprise decision to hire Roy Hodgson from West Bromwich Albion.

"I wouldn't trust the FA to show me a good manager if their lives depended on it. How would they know? What clubs have they ever run? Who do they speak to who really knows the game?" Redknapp said.