Harry Redknapp: I asked Brendan Rodgers to join me with England while he was at Swansea City
BRENDAN Rodgers was asked if he would like to become England No.2 by Harry Redknapp when the Northern Irishman was Swansea City manager.
Redknapp makes the revelation in his new autobiography.
The current Queens Park Rangers boss claims while in charge at Spurs, he approached Rodgers following a 3-1 win over Swansea at White Hart Lane in April 2012.
Confident of being given the England job, Redknapp says he wanted Rodgers to assist him at the last European Championships on a part-time basis and that Rodgers agreed.
Redknapp had been impressed by Swansea’s free-flowing, attacking football and the fact Rodgers had achieved that style with lower league players.
In the end The Football Association made the shock appointment of Roy Hodgson ahead of Redknapp and Rodgers left the Liberty for Liverpool
But Redknapp insists things could have turned out very differently.
“If I had become the England manager I would have taken Brendan Rodgers as my No 2,” he writes.
“He had players at Swansea passing it like Franz Beckenbauer. You know how his teams are going to play before you kick off. They are going to pass, they are going to take risks; but England do not have that identity.
“Now we have Roy Hodgson who will keep England organised, for sure. I just hope he will also be a little bit bold, open up and try to get England playing the type of football we all want to see.
“Look at Brendan at Liverpool now — he still knows how he wants to play. He got rid of Andy Carroll because he wasn’t in that plan. That is how Spain operate: this is how we play and we don’t compromise.”