Sunday 17 December 2017

Redknapp's warning on foreign owners

Henry Winter

A meeting between the Premier League's leading English managers ended with Harry Redknapp fearing for the future of their home-grown ilk.

Although Redknapp's Spurs are chasing fourth place in the league and a date at Wembley, while Roy Hodgson's Fulham eye up Europa League glory as well as Wembley, Redknapp believes the more foreign owners who come into English football, the more foreign coaches will follow.

"Every club will have a foreign owner eventually and you'll get less British managers,'' said Redknapp.

"Mark Hughes was doing a terrific job at Man City. But new owners want to bring in somebody they have heard of. There are some terrific managers in the Championship and below who just need the chance.

"But a big club will always go for that sexy name. I'm not really sexy. You'll have to ask my wife. She'll definitely say 'no'.

"The new owners are all billionaires and all want to win the league. They don't understand they can't all win the league. It will be like revolving doors for managers. Gone are the days of Bob Lord, the butcher from Burnley, or Mr Reg Pratt, when I went to West Ham who had the wood yard up at Wanstead.

"Who would ever have believed Arsenal having Russian (Uzbeki) and American owners? Who would have believed they'd have a stadium called the Emirates?

"Portsmouth was difficult for me because I had an owner (Alexandre Gaydamak) I didn't know and never really saw. Tottenham are a rare commodity," added Redknapp.

"Daniel (Levy) is a local guy. I get on fine with Daniel. He has been good as gold for me and I've been as good as gold for him.''

Fulham's owner, Mohammed Fayed, hails from Egypt, but has long been based in London. "He keeps in the background and found a good manager in Roy,'' said Redknapp. "Roy has done a great job. He gets the best out of people like Bobby Zamora and Zoltan Gera, Damien Duff and Aaron Hughes.''

The Cup tie saw good chances wasted by Zamora and Gera, bringing a replay on March 24. Before then Fulham face Juventus, Manchester United and Manchester City. "If you want to be successful, this is what happens,'' said Hodgson.

Irish Independent

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