Pardew’s 10 game undefeated start to the season has had him ‘in the frame’ – at least according to the press – as a potential replacement for Fabio Capello as England manager after next summer’s European Championship, but the man himself isn’t interested in the job, at least for now.
“It’s nice to hear your name mentioned with things like that, but in terms of the England job, it’s not for me at this time. I’m just not interested in it. I don’t think I have the experience to do that job.
“There’s someone in hospital at the moment (Redknapp) who could definitely do the job though. I think he’s at the right age and he’s had the right experience in his career.
“When it comes to the England job, I think the most important thing about the position is that the general public need to buy in to whoever the manager is. I think they would willingly buy in to Harry Redknapp, and I think that’s very important. He would definitely be my choice.“
Which is good news if Pardew continues the way he has started this season. It would be quite annoying to lose him to the England role next season if he’s doing a good job for us. If however everything explodes at Newcastle though we can start a ‘Pardew for England’ campaign and get shot of him that way! Not that I’m fickle!
It is looking as if Redknapp is the only serious name they have for that job if they want to ‘go English’, although I can’t imagine Spurs would be too pleased. I think I’m right in saying that Redknapp has made it clear he would be interested in the job if it’s offered to him. It’s a thankless task sometimes though and – a bit like the Newcastle job – has often been called a poisoned chalice, which isn’t helped by our Great British Press. They have a habit of bigging-up our chances and whipping the nation into a state of expectancy and then crucifying managers when things don’t turn out quite right.
As a related aside, I’m finding it very difficult to be enthusiastic about English football just now. We always seem to promise so much but deliver so little, which is something I should be used to as a Toon supporter but I just find it all a bit uninspiring. I love the international competitions though, particularly the early rounds when there are three football games on a day – I get very little else done during such competitions!