Redknapp has been urged to take the Newcastle job by his old pal Jim Smith.
Jim Smith – QPR manager against Oxford at Wembley – Milk Cup Final 1986.
Smith â€“ who has managed both Portsmouth and Newcastle â€“ had a spell alongside Redknapp at Portsmouth in the 2004-05 season. Jim managed Newcastle United from December, 1988 to March, 1991
Jim has not yet talked to Harry, who is 60 years old, about taking the job. The 67-year-old Smith said:
“Age isn’t a problem. Harry’s a spring chicken!â€ “Sir Alex has got seven years on him and he’s still going strong, so there’s no danger on that front.â€“I haven’t spoke to him yet, and it is a fantastic opportunity, but it’s a big ask.â€
“Going backwards and forwards isn’t a problem. If Newcastle gave him the job, he’d be able to buy his own plane and fly up from Bournemouth or Southampton!
“Newcastle is a big club too. It’s one of the biggest jobs in English football. In fact, it’s one of the biggest jobs in European football. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.”
The odds on Harry taking over at Newcastle is still even money, and we expect Newcastle to make an official approach today. We’ll know more about the whole situation later today, hopefully.
We do have a very tough game tomorrow at Manchester United with assistant coach Nigel Pearson in charge. We hope that the team comes out and plays some good stuff. Certainly, when Nigel managed the England Under-21 side in the very first game at the rebuilt Wembley last year. Pearson had England playing a very attacking game in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Italy.