The Daily Telegraph reported early this morning that Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp remains Newcastleâ€™s first choice to succeed Sam Allardyce and that Mike Ashley is determined to get him.
Harry Redknapp – wonder if it’s worth all the hassle?
But it seems it would cost Newcastle Â£2.5M to have Harry released from his contract at Portsmouth. He recently signed a 4 year deal at the club. The compensation due on Samâ€™s contract will not be peanuts either, and will probably be around Â£6M, but it seems that Mike Ashley is determined to get his first choice at Newcastle, and is willing to pay for it.
Of course Harry is very like Sam in that he is well aware of the football talent that exists in Europe and could very easily bring a number of class players in during January, to stock the Newcastle squad with lots of additional talent. He did that at Portsmouth a couple of years back, and miraculously saved his side from relegation. Harry knows what’s he’s doing in football, that’s for sure.
And there is surprising confidence at the Newcastle club that they can indeed persuade Redknapp to come to the North East. The two attractions would be a hefty wage deal with suitable incentives for targets reached, and a transfer windfall for January, so he could bring in a number of top players.
By coincidence of course, Harry is due in the North East this weekend for Sunday’s match between Portsmouth and at the Stadium of Light.
We do feel it will be difficult to have Harry and his wife move to the North East as we have mentioned before, but it seems that Mike Ashley is willing for Harry to have a part time abode in Newcastle, and not actually move house.
We donâ€™t like arrangements like this, which is similar to what was arranged with Ruud Gullit. Weâ€™d rather the manager be more committed to the Newcastle United club and be willing to move to the area.
But it does look like Ashley wants Harry at Newcastle, and is willing to do what it takes to get his man. This may all be too much for Harry to turn down, if Mike can get into talks with him. The ambitions of Mike Ashley and Newcastle right now are huge, and the chance Harry would get at Newcastle may be just too big an opportunity for Harry to turn down.
But if it does happen we’ll all have to get used to Harry talking about Newcarstle, the southern way of pronouncing the city’s name. 😀
What do you think?