Redknapp cleared - and in the frame for England job

Harry Redknapp was cleared of tax evasion - and was immediately tipped to become the next England manager.

The Tottenham manager was acquitted at Southwark crown court. He said, "This is a case that should never have come to court. It's unbelievable, really. It was a unanimous decision, absolutely unanimous. There was no case to answer."

Redknapp said the experience of having the case hanging over him during a 5 year investigation was "horrendous" for his family, but expressed his gratitude for the continued support of Tottenham fans.

With the case behind him, Redknapp can concentrate on Tottenham’s title challenge and, possibly, the England job. One former England manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson, was clear that he believed Redknapp was the best candidate for the job.

"I think Redknapp will be a very, very good choice," Eriksson told BBC Sport. "He's English; he knows his football, is doing a great job with Tottenham and has done a great job with every team he's had in the past, so I guess it will be him. You need to be an experienced manager used to dealing with the big names and some knowledge about international football would help. I think Harry has all these things."

Redknapp’s chances of succeeding Fabio Capello in July seem assured. The only other obstacle might be concerns about Redknapp’s health. He underwent minor heart surgery in November, but insists he has no thoughts of retirement. "It will take more than a minor heart scare to convince me to walk away from the game," he said.

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