But in the end,
After the initial explanations, the Club England board went into lock-down as it began the process of finding
In fairness, they have already laid down the criteria and how they will look for far more integration within the England youth teams than Capello ever seemed willing to consider.
But it still comes back to one man, the man endorsed by Sir
"It has to be," said Redknapp, when asked if managing England was the ultimate.
"But you also have to understand what a tough job it is.
"No-one has a magic wand and the list of top-class managers who have all gone in full of hope, people like
"It's certainly not an easy job. Whoever takes that job has a real job on their hands."
If Redknapp happened to be listening to a radio for any section of the three-hour journey from his
In the eyes of the press and the public, there is only one choice. The "right choice" as Ferguson put it.
"There's no doubt Harry's the best man," said Ferguson.
"He has good experience, the personality and knowledge of the game. He's changed the fortunes of every club he's been at. It's the right choice."
If even Ferguson is speaking as if the decision were a fait-accompli, it does not offer Tottenham chairman
Levy could plausibly point to the brilliant job Redknapp has done at White Hart Lane and how it would be a shame not to finish what has been started with such staggering success.
However, amid the genuine appreciation for the manner Tottenham has stood by him during the dark times brought by the tax evasion trial that, for him, came to a satisfactory conclusion in midweek, just hours before Capello resigned, came an equally straightforward assessment of football's transient nature.
"Players are fine," said Redknapp in response to the difficulty of leaving behind a squad of players so carefully assembled.
"You know what football's like. Somebody comes. Somebody goes.
"I wouldn't kid myself. I get on great with the lads here. But they've all got their contracts.
"Something happens, a new manager arrives the next day and the players get on with their football."
Looking worn out by his personal tribulations and a heavy cold that consigned him to bed on Thursday, Redknapp was not his usually jaunty self.
It can only be a matter of when, rather than if, he has some pretty big things to consider, which would be done in conjunction with wife Sandra and son Jamie.
"No, it wouldn't be easy (leaving here)," he said. "It would be very difficult. I'm happy at work.
"But if the opportunity comes, and I get asked, I'll have to consider it. I'll have to make a decision, but I have to do what's right for me and my family."
However, the one thing Redknapp has already worked out, which Ferguson would confirm from personal experience, is that carrying out the role on a part-time basis is tricky.
The Manchester United boss did it in 1986, following Jock Stein's death, and found it tough balancing his commitments to Aberdeen and preparing a World Cup campaign.
"It would be very difficult for anybody to try and do two jobs," he said.
"Managing England is hard enough."
For all the men who have tried and failed since Sir
If England triumph at
Should they fail, the blame will be heaped on the man who has departed in such stunning circumstances.
"I wasn't escaping," Capello insisted on Italian television.
"I left because there was a misunderstanding. It had been going well but there are times in which you decide to leave."