Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has opened the door to possibly leading England at UEFA EURO 2012 in a caretaker capacity following last week's shock resignation of Fabio Capello.
Redknapp, the overwhelming favourite to succeed Capello, said that while managing Spurs and England at the same time would be "impossible" in the long-term, he would be able to juggle the jobs on a short-term basis.
The 64-year-old, who was acquitted of tax evasion at a trial last week, had previously indicated he would only be able to do one job or the other. However, Redknapp appeared to soften his stance today as he prepared for Tottenham's FA Cup clash with Stevenage Borough this weekend.
"Part-time? In the short term I think it's possible for the European Championship," said Redknapp. "In the long term, it's not possible to manage a club team and manage a national team. It's difficult enough to manage in the Premier League without having to worry about managing the England team as well.
"You want to be watching England players play, you want to be watching the opposition. I think whoever they give the job to could only do the one job," he went on. "Maybe for the EURO, it's not such a problem, but once they are finished and the new season starts in England, the manager has to be a Premier League manager - if it's someone who manages in the Premier League - or the England manager.
"To do the two jobs, it would be impossible."
Football Association chiefs met last week to compile a shortlist for the England vacancy, and had earlier stressed they could make a short-term appointment for EURO 2012 before awarding the job on a long-term basis for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ campaign. Stuart Pearce will manage England on a one-off basis in a 29 February friendly against the Netherlands.