In his new book, 'Always Managing: My Autobiography by Harry Redknapp', being serialised in the Daily Mail, Redknapp wrote: "I think with the FA there are certain managers who are considered a little rough around the edges. If you look at the people from football that get on at the FA, men like Sir Trevor or Gareth Southgate, they do all seem a certain type. The FA offices seem to be the one area of the game where snobbery exists.
"No disrespect to Roy, but I think we can all see that he is more of an FA man. He came up through the FA’s system and has always been close to the organisers of the game, UEFA and FIFA.
"He is on their coaching panels at major tournaments. He is just the type that fits the bill.
"He was one of a generation of players who progressed as a disciple of the coaching principles of Charles Hughes at the FA.
"There was a bunch of them: Roy, Bob Houghton and Brian Eastick. They came out of non-League football, but from an early age were very interested in coaching. They never quite made it as players, but they thought about the game and were always on the FA courses.
"For that reason, I don’t see it is a great coincidence that Roy is now the manager of England, and Eastick takes England’s Under 20 team. It is as if they were groomed for the job.
"I’m not knocking Roy. He’s got great experience, and he ticks the FA’s boxes as England manager just fine."
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