Missus could stop Harry going the distance with England
Published 22:30 02/03/12 By Jeremy Armstrong
England's hopes of landing Harry Redknapp are in doubt because his missus is worried about the long haul to the FA’s new £100million National Football Centre.
The Spurs boss and fans’ favourite turned 65 yesterday, but will be expected to make regular five-hour round trips from his home in Dorset to St George’s Park, near Burton upon Trent, Staffs.
FA bosses want whoever succeeds Fabio Capello to oversee their plans to develop young players all the way through to the senior ranks.
And that means Redknapp will be expected to regularly attend the new state-of-the-art training HQ.
But wife Sandra does not want to move from their luxury home in the Sandbanks peninsula of Dorset, which is more than a 300-mile round trip to Burton by road.
Redknapp remains red-hot favourite to land the England job, but yesterday FA general secretary Alex Horne, one of the four-man Club England decision-makers, said: “We’ve got a list. Long, short... there’s definitely a list. It’s a back-end-of-the-season decision for us.
“We recognise a lot of the managers on the list are employed and we don’t want to interrupt anyone’s season. We’re not rushing this.
“It’s perfectly realistic for us to wait until then. We’ve got all of our operational plans in place. We can deliver a squad into Poland so it’s perfectly possible.”
But a source said: “There is concern about Harry’s travelling and the FA is desperately keen that it does not become a stumbling block.
“Harry wants the job and there is no doubt he is favourite to land the role.
“But the distance to and from his home, especially to Burton, is an issue.
“His wife Sandra loves Sandbanks and that is why Harry makes the 240-mile round trip to Spurs training every day.”
An FA spokesman said last night: “It would be inappropriate for us to comment.”