Kenny Dalglish throws Ferguson into mix for Capello’s replacement as England manager

By Dean Wilkins

Liverpool’s Kenny Dalglish is recommending rival countryman Sir Alex Ferguson for the England manager role, despite the United boss saying Redknapp is ‘the best man’.

After Fabio Capello resigned from the position on Wednesday amidst the row between John Terry’s captaincy removal, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp appeared as firm favourite to be England’s next manager. However, Dalglish has suggested that the FA should seek out ‘the best’ Premier League record.

Ahead of Liverpool’s Saturday lunchtime clash with United, Dalglish may be looking to shift attention away from Luis Suarez’s first meeting with Patrice Evra since the former was received an eight-game ban for racially abusing the United defender.

Kenny Dalglish said: “England are on the look-out for [a new manager] and if you are looking for another I think you look for the one with the best record, since the Premier League started, of looking after English-British players and the success they have had.

“If I was in their position I’d be looking at the best one and if it’s not available then start going down from there.

“Whether they want someone of their own nationality or the want the best it’s up to them.”

Dalglish said he was not referring to Redknapp but did say ‘Harry would be fantastic’. When questioned if he meant Alex Ferguson, Dalglish smiled and said: “I never said that.”

Ferguson, who has heavily criticised the FA in the past, refused to put himself forward for the role. He said: “The FA have approached [United chief executive] David Gill – I said I would let them know on April 1.”

Instead the United boss has reciprocated others’ opinions of Harry Redknapp, saying he is ‘the best man’ for the job.

Redknapp woke up on Wednesday morning not knowing if he would be behind bars, following allegations of fraud, and went to bed with his name cleared of all criminal charges and at the top of the pile for the England job.

Ferguson said: “There is no doubt Harry Redknapp is the best man. He has the experience, personality and the knowledge of the game. He has changed the fortunes of every club he has been at. He is the right choice.

“You should try to get the best man with the best qualities.”

Redknapp has stated that he is remaining focussed on his position at Tottenham, with many suggesting he could take the job as a ‘part-time’ manager.

Ferguson did the same for the Scotland international team during Mexico’s World Cup in 1986, whilst he was still manager of Aberdeen. However, he remained pessimistic about that approach: “I tried it myself with Scotland in Mexico. I found it very difficult.”

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