Could Pardew Become England Manager After Redknapp Disclosures?

Prosecutors have accused Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp of taking bungs (bribes)  in an offshore tax dodge.

Harry Redknapp arriving at Southwark Crown Court yesterday

That was the news yesterday in the first day of his trial, and the prosecutors will today call their first witnesses.  Redknapp is accused of putting about £189K into a Monaco account, under the name of his pet dog, Rosie.

When the case was opened in the Southwark Crown Court yesterday, prosecutor John Black described the payments as a bribe, and was paid into a bank outside of British territory  to avoid paying UK taxes.

One of the payments was £3M profit that the Portsmouth club made on the sale of England striker Peter Crouch, and Redknapp is being put on trial with Milan Mandaric, who was Chairman of the Portsmouth club at the time.

The question that obviously comes up  is if Harry is indeed found guilty –  and only if he is found guilty –  will that then disqualify him from becoming the England manager when Fabio Capello gives up the England job after the Euro 2012 tournament.

Harry Redknapp is currently the red hot favorite.

If it does disqualify Harry then who does that leave to become the next England manager?

If the Football Association want to have an Englishman, it leaves managers like Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew, who are the English names that immediately come to mind.

And if Alan Pardew continues with his great work on Tyneside, and gets Newcastle into Europe for next season, there’s at least a chance Alan could be offered the job.

And as we heard last Friday he would take it – although he wonders himself if he’s ready for the job at the moment.

It’s at least  a possibility and that would be just our luck, but even if  Redknapp is found guilty, it’s still a long shot that Alan would get the England job.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #1

    dont think Pardew is ready to coach England or leave Newcastle for that matter ..

  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Ashley will be looking at another pay day.

  • duncandisorderly

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Hope not

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d have Stuart Pearce over any of the mugs currently being touted. He genuinely cares

  • jimmyxavi

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #5

    @TDS yeah but he is genuinely shite haha

  • rickskin

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #6

    What an awful photo of Redknapp. I hope he goes down, if it was any of us we wouldn’t even have a trial.


    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #7

    its amazing really pardew was nothing but a cast-off on the managerial scrap heap when the fat controller gave him his chance back in the big-time and a year later and hes being touted as england manager crazy stuff altogether england job is a poisend chalice but someone has to get it right and when they do theyll be given a knighthood.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #8


    I really cannot see anyone being a success as England manager to be honest. The media will never let it happen..

    Sven had one of the best records as England manager in history, but now thanks for the media he’s view as an idiot!

    English players just aren’t very good… The clubs academys don’t product anything compared to Barca – and even Madrid

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #9

    The only reason I’d want Redknapp is so that everyone can see what a cheque-book manager he is.

    He’ll be no good when we can’t just tap other countries players up

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #10

    @TDS redknapp would have a hard time managing from behind bars!
    Sorry for the repost lads but here goes!
    God i hope these arent the new kits there hideous! Look so cheap n tacky!
    Not sure bout this Adrian Mariappa lad he looks ok but sure about going much higher for a bench warmer?
    Would love to see m’bwia come in but have a feeling he wouldnt be happy on the bench he would be pushing for a first team place which would be great for this season but i fear it would see colo move on in the summer

  • archaeomag

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Football manager in bung shock!!

    My vote is for Joe F’ Kinear – he’s still looking for work, and he sort of speaks English,great entertainment, well worth a few million quid of the FA’s money.


    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #12

    archaeomag j f k is irish isnt he!

  • archaeomag

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Ideal – everyone at the FA knows foreign managers are the best.
    We have tried blonds, ginger, and brunette managers – so perhaps the FA should pick a slap head!

  • JackButler

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #14

    If Redknapp is found guilty, then what type of punishment could he expect to be given???

    Are we talking prison term?

  • shearermania

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #15

    mike bassett for england……or in case he turns it down – Neil warnock

  • shearermania

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #16

    he will go to the slammer if found guilty….no doubt


    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #17

    jackbutler please god he does and i hope his cell mate is 6 ft 4 and full of viagra keep away from our players and their contracts u little shit.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #18

    it wouldnt bother me if he went,,

    not really an england supporter, stopped watching the matches when sven got the job,

    we never do well because we have to many players who think they are better than they really are,
    beckham was the biggest one, tried to do to many jobs on the pitch instead of his own on the right wing,

  • nightfa11

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #19

    i hope pardew doesnt get the job.. nufc switching to another manager..i cant take it anymore..we need stabilty ffs..=) unless mourinho comes i say no! plus i think pardew’s not tactical mastermind to be an england manager…great man manager tho.

  • archaeomag

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Word on the Net is certainly a big fine, but he could go to prison as well.

  • JackButler

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Boom – It would be nice to know that his ‘Floppy Chop’s’ were being put to better use 😉
    Perhaps Spurs can get a sponsorship with KY-Jelly in preparation for ‘Arry becoming someone’s bitch

  • shearermania

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #22

    nobody cheats her majesty for without avoiding jail time…unless of course old floppy chops bribes the judge

  • archaeomag

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Remember Lester Piggott – got 3 years avoiding tax on £3.25mil by putting it offshore.

  • JackButler

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Even if he’s found guilty and escapes a prison sentence, I can’t see the FA being prepared to take him on with this hanging over his head.

    If Pardew does take the job, then thanks and good luck, but I’ll be more worried about who we get in his place. Brendan Rogers would be my choice but I can see little chance of that happening

  • nightfa11

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #25

    england should hire our previous manager (slovenia – Kek)…problem with him is that he chooses his favourite players, even if theyre not in form..but still..very down to earth guy..modest..& intelligent. i think ego of england need such a guy=)

    anyway..i think pearce is not a bad shout..BUT

    hes a push NO. in my opinion=)

  • foxyflint

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #26

    I guess this all depends on the judges verdict and if he is a Gooner ,

    But I really cant see Pards leaving us just yet, i think he has got his teeth into the toon and want to see out the re development of the squad and improve his reputation within the game by helping us back into Europe.


    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #27

    lads is it true crouchy tried to gouge one of the west brom players eyes out.


    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Who in their right mind would want to manage those primadona’s, who cannot even pass the bloody ball never mind play at the highest level.

  • martoon

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #29

    I was shocked to read that Redknapp had a clause in his contract which gave him a percentage of any profit made on players who are sold. I wonder if this is standard practice? because surely if it is then a manager would have no incentive to build a good team and in Newcastle’s case selling players like Tiote or Ba would make him a nice little earner!

  • hrocks

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #30


    it will depend what/if he is found guilty of.

    if its a tax avoidance scheme he will get slap on wrists and have to pay the tax he owes plus fines. these fine are very steep but i imagine he could easily afford it

    if its tax evasion which by all accounts it seems the crown is looking for the crown is expected to come down hard which would mean jail time. i think it also carrys a long sentence ( i think it maybe 5 years in prison ). Tax avasion now sits with money laundering, “tipping off ” etc so its a big deal.

    The tax man has had enough of footie clubs, agents, managers and players taking the michael out of it.
    They are trying to open the books of football finances because they are an easy target. I think its quite right they do this as well. They are stuffed when clubs go into admin where they get nothing back but players, managers,other clubs are traet as preferential creditors.
    they are also looking at image rights payments and benefits in kind such as using Mr Ashleys helicopter or romans boat. they feel tax and ni should be paid on these.

    The Tax man can smell blood and i think this is a test case before they start to get there hands dirty. A high profile win should carry a sentence to show they mean business. they will prob have an amnesty afterwards asking players to come forward and admit whats been going on. Players managers and clubs will then only have to pay back tax instead of tax and fines to save on court cases. Its a bit like what they did with offshore bank accounts in tax havens

  • stuart no9

    Jan 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #31

    jack butler @14 nah i dont think it will come to that. imo, a probable hefty fine , caution . dont forget he will have best representation . could even throw it out of court.

  • arctoa

    Jan 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #32

    I doubt he will get any significant jail time because of his recent health issues, but he’ll get fined into bankruptcy if found guilty.

    As for the next England manager, Hodgson will be next in line if the hammer falls on ‘arry.

  • max

    Jan 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #33

    no way

  • bills-son

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #34

    hrocks @ 30 – Good post.

    HMRC are defo looking into football big time – there is no doubt ‘dubious practices’ to say the least have been going on by clubs, owners, players and agents.

    A regular tactic of HMRC’s is to throw up a high profile case, win, and then scare the rest to come clean. No come clean after a high profile win = no mercy from HMRC when they nail you.

    HMRC have been on Arry’s case for a good while and even Rosie the dog is $hitting herself. As will many in football will be I bet.

  • NUFCarter

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Jail for redknapp, hes a greedy bastard hes on alot aswell and he thinks hes bigger and better than all the other managers in this league

    But i really dont want pardew goin off for the england job i mean good for him first season back in management hes got us high flying and is target for england but hes got so much more to give ( euoropa league ) and he can easily achieve it and he wont regret staying here.


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