As Roy Hodgson faced the news media on Tuesday for the first time as England manager, a common theme of questioning became apparent: “Why are you not Harry Redknapp?”
Indeed, the man who sat between the chairman of the Football Association, David Bernstein, and and its director of football development, Trevor Brooking, was not Redknapp. He was not the man who had prompted one bookmaker to suspend betting on the likelihood of Redknapp’s succeeding Fabio Capello at Wembley. He wasn’t the chosen one. He was Roy Hodgson.
The subject was never directly addressed as such. Instead there were questions posed to Bernstein on whether he approached anyone else for the job. There were questions about what it was that attracted the F.A. to Hodgson, the West Brom manager. Without asking, the questions essentially, “What was wrong with Harry?”