TV role may be job too far for Redknapp

Harry Redknapp may withdraw his offer to be a BBC pundit at Euro 2012, the Tottenham manager says.

Redknapp is due to be part of the BBC team in Poland and Ukraine for the European Championship.

The 65-year-old is now thinking about turning his back on the deal as he wants to rest after a draining year that his seen him undergo a heart procedure, successfully contest two charges of tax evasion and lead Spurs to the brink of a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League.

Redknapp also feels it would be difficult to offer his views on England’s performance at the tournament given that he missed out on becoming Three Lions head coach to Roy Hodgson.

“I’m still trying to make up my mind [about the BBC position],” said Redknapp, who was part of the broadcaster’s team for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“I wouldn’t be criticising [Hodgson] in any way so I suppose there’s not much point having me on! I just feel like I need a holiday. I need to get a break from it all.”

The Spurs boss dropped another bombshell yesterday with the news he thinks midfielder Scott Parker’s participation in the tournament could be in doubt due to an Achilles injury. The influential midfielder has been left out of the Tottenham starting XI for their last three matches and it is unlikely he will be selected for tomorrow’s season finale against Fulham — a game the Londoners need to win to secure at least a top-four finish.

Redknapp thinks the 31-year-old may have to miss the Three Lions’ pre-Euro 2012 training camp, which begins on May 21 in Spain, and fears for his fitness.

Redknapp said: “He’s had a problem with his Achilles, I hope it’s not going to get worse. It isn’t getting any better. It’s a long-term concern.”

Should Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in the European Cup final, Spurs will have to settle for a place in the Europa League. The only way they can guarantee Champions League football is if they beat Fulham and Arsenal slip up at West Brom.

Gareth Bale has said he will consider his future at Spurs if they are not in Europe’s top club competition next season, but Redknapp insists the Welshman, and other stars like Luka Modric, will remain at White Hart Lane regardless of whether they qualify.

Redknapp said: “When they [Bale and Modric] came to Tottenham, they weren’t in the Champions League. Players will still sign for Chelsea and Liverpool if they aren’t in the Champions League and they will come to Tottenham because it’s a great club.”

The match may be Man City loanee Emmanuel Adebayor’s last for Spurs as the club are struggling to agree terms over the striker’s huge wages.

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