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Redknapp 'relieved' not to be offered England job

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Harry Redknapp has claimed he was "quite relieved" to be overlooked for the England job earlier in the year.

The former Tottenham manager, who was dismissed by the White Hart Lane club in the summer after finishing fourth in the Premier League, was in the running to replace Fabio Capello as Three Lions boss ahead of the European Championship, but the Football Association instead opted to appoint ex-West Brom boss Roy Hodgson.

Redknapp now claims he had some reservations about moving into international management anyway, and feels perhaps it was not a bad thing that he was not offered the role.

"I was enjoying my life at Tottenham and I did wonder how I would cope, if it happened, with what is part-time football," Redknapp told the Daily Mail. "I do enjoy seeing footballers every day; being on the training ground.

"I was driving when I heard on the radio that Roy had got the job. It happened out of the blue. But I didn't lose any sleep over it that night.

"I was almost quite relieved in a way - that I hadn't been given a decision to make. The decision had been taken away from me."

Redknapp believes the compensation the FA would have had to pay for his services perhaps swayed them in Hodgson's direction.

"When I look back I think it [my contract] was always going to be a problem for me," Redknapp said. "I mean, I have to be careful what I say here, but I had a contract that was very heavily loaded. Anyone who wanted to take me, we're talking massive money in compensation.

"The FA would say that it wasn't the reason and it wouldn't be fair on Roy Hodgson to say I would have had the job had it not been for that. But I always felt, from day one, that it might rule me out. That it might be a problem."

Despite his lucrative contract, Spurs felt it was the right time to dispose of Redknapp's services in the summer, replacing him with former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas. Redknapp believes failing to qualify for the Champions League, having been on the fringes of the title race into the new year, perhaps sealed his fate.

"Looking back I don't think finishing fourth decided it," Redknapp added. "I think the club just wanted to make a change. It was their decision.

"It was [chairman] Daniel Levy's decision to do what he did and he can do what he wants. It's his club."

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