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Thursday 09 February 2012

Redknapp focusing on Tottenham

Spurs boss says he is concentrating on vital Barclays Premier League match this weekend

Spurs have enjoyed an excellent Barclays Premier League season under Harry Redknapp

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he is concentrating on doing his job at Spurs despite speculation linking him with the vacant England manager's job.

Fabio Capello resigned from the role on Wednesday following talks with the Football Association

But Redknapp said he is only interested in concentrating on his job at White Hart Lane and Saturday's vital Barclays Premier League match against fellow high-fliers Newcastle.

"My only interest is Tottenham Hotspur"
- Harry Redknapp

"I've got a job to do, I've got a big game on Saturday with Tottenham. Tottenham is my focus," he told Sky Sports News.

"They've been fantastic to me, the Tottenham people. The fans last week at the Wigan game, it was incredible the reception they gave me.

"It wouldn't be right to them to focus on anything else but Tottenham. My only interest is Tottenham Hotspur."

Redknapp admitted he was surprised that Capello had left the job.

"I was shocked. I was surprised. I didn't expect that to happen. We knew he was going to leave in the summer but I didn't expect it to happen now," he said.

He added: "They [the Football Assoication] will make whatever decision they want to make and hopefully it will be the right decision for the country."

Redknapp's opposite number at Newcastle, Alan Pardew, has also played down speculation linking him with the role.

"Firstly as an Englishman, I am proud to be in that sort of frame, but it's not for me and I will make that quite clear," Pardew said.

"I am not even in the running as far as I am concerned."

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Key Points

  • Harry Redknapp focused on Tottenham job
  • Vital Barclays Premier League match against Newcastle coming up
  • Newcastle boss Alan Pardew also cool on England role speculation