6 Apr 2013

Redknapp sour about missing out on England job

10:51 am on 6 April 2013

Harry Redknapp has claimed a massive buy-out clause in his Tottenham contract was the only reason he didn't get the chance to become England manager.

Redknapp, now in charge at Queens Park Rangers, was the favourite to replace Fabio Capello after the Italian resigned in February 2012, but the Football Association eventually made the surprise decision to hire Roy Hodgson from West Bromwich Albion.

The 66-year-old, who was sacked by Tottenham in June after failing to agree to a new contract, believes the reported $9 million buy-out clause in his deal with the north London club convinced the FA to look elsewhere.

Redknapp says last year was his only chance to get the England job and he wouldn't take it now, nor in the future.

He says people will always deny that the buy out clause was the reason he missed out on the job, but it didn't help him.

Redknapp insists Tottenham's decision to sack him was made by owner Joe Lewis and not chief executive Daniel Levy, who reportedly had a strained relationship with the then Spurs boss.

Meanwhile, QPR owner Tony Fernandes insists Redknapp will remain at the club even if his team are relegated this season.

QPR are currently seven points from safety with just seven games left, but Fernandes is delighted with his relationship with Redknapp and has no plans to sack him.