Why Daniel Levy needs to accept he's likely to lose Harry Redknapp to England

Daniel Levy's assertion that Harry Redknapp isn't interested in the England job is wishful (and deluded) thinking.

You don't have to listen to the words Harry comes out with whenever he's asked if he'd like to manage his country, you just see the patriotic tear forming in his eyes as he dreams mistily of this headline on the morning of the 2014 World Cup Final: "Cry God for Harry, England and St Wayne."

He's 64, English down to his St George Y-fronts, and he'd literally give his right arm to finish his career winning a trophy for his country, and going down as the new Sir Alf.

He's done brilliantly at Spurs but their revival comes at a time when Manchester City are about to buy the league for the next decade.

As good a set-up as Tottenham's is, their wage ceiling will tempt most of his best players to do a Luka Modric and push to triple his money elsewhere. Emmanuel Adebayor has already made it known that unless they can come up with £170,000-a-week, he's off.

In other words this season could be Redknapp's best shot at leading them into the top three, possibly two in the land, and establish them as a Champions League fixture.

Which would be a remarkable high to go out on when the FA inevitably offers him Fabio Capello's job in the summer.

In short Dan, wild horses wouldn't stop him.

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I heard a quote on Thursday which summed up the blind, illogical optimism that resides in every true fan's soul.

A Fulham fan, being asked on radio to describe how he felt felt when that cruel, injury-time equaliser knocked his side out of the Europa League: "You have to look at the positives. There's too many games in this cup anyway. Not being in it will allow us to concentrate on climbing up the league, and who knows, even snatch a European place."

So he'd convinced himself it was a good thing to not be in this season's Europa League as it would improve his team's chances of qualifying for next year's Europa League.

Presumably so they could get knocked out early and concentrate on qualifying for the following year's Europa League.

Fabulous.

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I was a bit puzzled about the allegation that Ashley Cole ran around screaming "Thursday nights, Channel 5" at the end of Chelsea's game against Manchester City on Monday.

Until I looked at the schedules and noticed there's a programme on C5 on Thursday at 9pm called The Mentalist.

If I had a documentary about my life showing, I'd take every opportunity to publicise it too.

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