Redknapp fears for managers' future
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Harry Redknapp has spoken out on his fears for the future of homegrown managers within the English game.

The current Tottenham Hotspur boss began his career with ten years in the lower divisions at Bournemouth but insists that the 'learn your trade' route has been closed to the managers of the future.

"Six or seven bad results and you're coming under pressure. The younger managers don't get the opportunity, as soon as you have a bad spell you're out of work," said Redknapp.

There are lads in the lower divisions here who have got great talent but probably won't get an opportunity
Harry Redknapp on up-and-coming English managers

"Ten years at Bournemouth was great grounding for me. There are lads in the lower divisions here who have got great talent but probably won't get that opportunity because they are not fashionable names.

"These owners would rather bring some fashionable name from abroad, Spain or Italy, and give them a chance. It will hinder the chances of the lads in this country. There's nothing like learning your trade lower down."

Redknapp was speaking at the inaugural dinner of the League Managers' Association Hall of Fame 1000 club, celebrating the 18 men to have managed more than 1,000 domestic league or cup matches.

Redknapp has clocked up 1,134 matches at Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth (twice), Southampton and Tottenham.