Redknapp hits out at FA over England appointment

Tottenham boss believes that the governing body took too long to approach Roy Hodgson, whilst admitting that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy feels that the speculation affected his side

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has hit out at the FA over the time taken to appoint a new England manager.

The 65-year-old was widely viewed as the favourite to succeed Fabio Capello to the Three Lions hotseat before the governing body recently opted for West Brom boss Roy Hodgson.

Despite accepting the decision and wishing Hodgson all the best in the role, Redknapp has criticised the FA for taking so long to approach a candidate, and has conceded that the speculation surrounding his chances may well have derailed Spurs’ season to an extent.

"It did drag on," he told reporters.

"I don't know why they didn't do it six weeks ago. What was the big problem? West Brom weren't going to go down. It was non-stop speculation.

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"I think [chairman Daniel Levy] thinks [that the speculation] might have [affected us], [assistant manager] Kevin Bond thinks it could have had an effect.

"He thought there was a change, but I didn't see it like that."

The former West Ham boss also insisted that he is happy at White Hart Lane despite a drop in form and dismissed suggestions that he is looking for a move away.

"I've got no thoughts with moving anywhere else," he claimed.

"I don't feel any different now to a few years ago. I don't feel tired and I've got a good job here.

"But I don't want to make it seem that I am chasing Daniel, asking him to give me a new contract. I'm not."