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Redknapp has his health to consider. He had heart surgery in November during his legal fight.

“My family has gone from one storm to another, but I prefer this storm (about the England job),” Redknapp’s son, former England international Jamie Redknapp, wrote in Friday’s editions of the Daily Mail. “My dad has been ill worrying about his case. He has been anxious and angry.

“Worrying about my mum, who is a gentle and soft person. Worrying about what would happen to her if he ended up with a guilty verdict. I don’t want to sound selfish, but whatever my dad ends up doing, he has to do what is best for him.”