Why would one handhake make any difference?

There are many people in this world - and they know who they are - who I would not wish to shake hands with; some of them are members of my own family.

Shaking hands with someone you don’t like, as we see in the line up and handshake before all football matches nowadays, is entirely pointless.

It becomes even more pointless in my eyes when it is deemed acceptable to not have the handshake when players say they will not do it, as with the recent game between QPR and Chelsea.

Whether Luis Suarez’s punishment for racially abusing a fellow professional was sufficient and he should even have been in the line up is another matter entirely.

There are many, and I would be among them, who say it was not.

Perhaps if the campaign was Kick Racism Out Of Society, rather than Kick Racism Out of Football the world would be a better place.

The game is, after all, merely reflecting what happens on the terraces and beyond.

But the current handshaking system is like telling two squabbling kids to say sorry.

You hear the words but they look a little shifty and you know that neither means what they are saying.

It is done in the name of sportsmanship, just like the pathetic returning of a ball to a side who have kicked it out when a player - almost certainly uninjured - goes down during play.

That is something I have never particularly liked, especially when it is used by a side winning a game to slow things down, to take the sting out of the contest.

And therein lies the problem.

You cannot force a footballer to be a good sportsman, it is something that has to be in him and sadly it appears to be in so few anymore.

Zambia won the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday under manager Herve Renard.

Ring any bells? It might just do as the Frenchman has managed a team at the Shay.

Back in 2004, he was in charge of Cambridge United, then a League club in freefall, in an FA Cup first round tie.

The Shaymen won the match 3-1 with goals from Martin Foster, Craig Midgley and Neil Ross.

There was also a first senior start for a promising young right back called Ryan Toulson.

Whatever happened to him?

Harry Redknapp will be the next manager of England.

I don’t think I am going out on too much of a limb to say that.

He seems a decent sort and his Spurs team play great football.

But he will become the national boss because there is no one else.

The key to his appointment, when it eventually comes, will be who is appointed alongside him.

The Football Association have to do something they have never done before and plan ahead.

In other words, Harry’s successor has to be part of the set up or when he leaves we will be back to square one.