Gartside gets behind Redknapp

Bolton chief says boss would make 'outstanding England manager'

Harry Redknapp: Would make an 'outstanding' England boss, says Gartside

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Phil Gartside has become the first Football Association board member to publicly back Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp to take over as England manager.

Bolton chairman Gartside, who sits on the 14-member FA board, has described the 65-year-old as having the potential to be an "outstanding England manager".

Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to take over the role that has remained vacant since Fabio Capello handed in his resignation on February 8th.

Despite his seemingly universal approval the FA have remained tight-lipped about who will lead England into this summer's European Championship, saying only that a decision would be made towards the end of the season.

Gartside has also labelled Redknapp as a "good motivator with a winning mentality".

The Trotters chief is not, however, part of the four-man Club England board tasked with appointing the new manager, although as part of the FA board he will be asked to ratify any decision.

The four men charged with replacing Capello are director of football development Trevor Brooking, general secretary Alex Horne, Club England managing director Adrian Bevington and FA chairman David Bernstein.