Harry Redknapp was found innocent of tax evasion on Wednesday afternoon in London. The court hearing did not merely determine whether Harry Redknapp was going to find himself imprisoned, or at the very least fined and reprimanded, for tax evasion but, perhaps just as importantly, whether Harry Redknapp was still on course for the top job in English football. The England national football team manager. With the Londoner found innocent it seems the path is still set and all Harry Redknapp need do is follow the course.
Fabio Capello, the current incumbent, has declared he will leave after the UEFA European Championships of 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. The Italian has proven to be a relatively disappointing appointment. He was appointed with the task of improving England’s recent record in top competitions, aka….quarter finals and out. He ended up doing no better than Sven Goran Eriksson, although the Italian did improve on the previous manager Steve McClaren, infamous for failing to even guide England to qualification to the 2008 version of the UEFA European Championships. Fabio Capello has come under constant scrutiny since his appointment, much of it related to his enormous salary. It has been suggested that his salary approaches US $10 million. Harry Redknapp, once of Bournemouth FC and West Ham United, has seen his career take a positive turn since his spell at Portsmouth FC where he won the FA Cup. Portsmouth FC did encounter serious financial issues, many of which occurred during Harry Redknapp’s tenure, although in no way is it suggested that they were his fault. Harry Redknapp then left Portsmouth FC and joined Tottenham Hotspur, where he has proved an enormous success.
At Tottenham Hotspur Harry Redknapp has reinvigorated a once stagnant club. When he joined as manager the team were in a relegation battle. By the end of the season they were secure and about to challenge for a UEFA Champions League spot the following season. Harry Redknapp did eventually get Tottenham Hotspur into the UEFA Champions League, where they memorably defeated the holders Internazionale Milan 3-1 at White Hart Lane. Tottenham did eventually go out of the competition in the knock out stages against Real Madrid. After failing to get back into the competition last season Tottenham have now returned even stronger. They have been a constant in the top 3 of the English Premiership, the only other competitor to the two gigantic Manchester clubs. Harry Redknapp is the cause of the success and it is rightly so that Tottenham Hotspur fans adore him for it. He has managed the club prudently and effectively. Harry Redknapp is the obvious choice to replace Fabio Capello after the summer of 2012 and now that he has been found innocent of tax evasion it is all the more likely that it will happen.