Le Tissier slams FA decision to approach Hodgson over Redknapp

The former Southampton and England striker believes the Baggies boss was the cheaper option and feels underlying issues may have prevented the Spurs manager's appointment

Former England international Matt Le Tissier has slammed the Football Association for its decision to approach Roy Hodgson over Harry Redknapp for the Three Lions managerial role.

He told the Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio: “I think all the players, all the fans and all the media wanted Harry Redknapp to have the job”

The FA confirmed on Sunday that it had been granted permission by West Brom to talk to the 64-year-old about becoming Fabio Capello’s successor.

However, former Southampton striker Le Tissier believes Hodgson is the low cost option of the two and feels underlying issues have prevented Redknapp from getting the job.

“It seems to me – as an outsider looking on - the FA has gone for someone who’s going to do as he’s told. Isn’t going to cost anything in terms of compensation," Le Tissier said.  “It looks to me like it’s the cheap option and the safe option... whether or not it’s the right option only time will tell."

He added, “There are a whole bunch of issues... If you look at the committee that is selecting the next England Manager – One of them, I think I’m right, is Trevor Brooking.

“I think Trevor and Harry had a falling out many years ago and I’m not sure if that’s played a part in one of the reasons why they’ve decided against going for Harry.”

Le Tissier went on to insist that the FA has made a poor decision and he admits he is not excited at the thought of watching an England team managed by Hodgson.

“The FA has not been known for making fantastic choices in the past and seems to have continued that tradition," he insisted.

“I’ve never really been excited by Roy Hodgson’s teams and I think that’s where my reservation stems from. I’d like to see the England team play with a little style and I think that’s what the fans want as well.”