It’s certainly looking like Harry Redknapp is being courted big time by Newcastle United. and that he is ready to take the reigns over at the club.
Harry Redknapp – friends are talking about his real intentions
The word is leaking out from down south from Harry’s friends, whom he’s obviously confided in. Chairman Chris Mort was away on club business today as he no doubt has been on the phone with Mike Ashley on the appointment of Newcastle’s new manager. Mike is in Japan right now, but that will not stop business being conducted in this globally connected world these days.
We expect a formal approach to Portsmouth is imminent, and it may have already happened. But we do understand Harry has already made up his mind the Newcastle job is just too big an opportunity to turn down.
He will not be a completely popular choice on Tyneside, as our recent poll suggested, and friends have said he is aware a portion of fans don’t want him, but is only too willing to try to win over that section of fans. That was crucial for Big Sam as it appeared a group of fans just never wanted him to succeed.
But the same friends say Harry is confident in his own abilities, knows what Newcastle fans want, and thinks he can deliver the goods.
The news is also better for Newcastle fans in that Harry is set to turn down the offer of a private jet to fly him between North East England and the south coast. Instead he is now said to be willing to have a house in the Newcastle area and he’ll live between the two homes depending on his Newcastle United business.
A source close to Redknapp said:
“If he does move to Newcastle, Harry will obviously keep his place in Bournemouth, but he’ll also buy a place in Newcastle and live there.”
The Newcastle hierarchy are moving quickly so that Harry will have time in the transfer market where he has a few targets should he become Newcastle manager. It is being reported he wants to bring Portsmouth’s Sol Campbell and Pascal Chimbonda of Tottenham Hotspur to the North East giants, as his first order of business.
Harry brought in a whole host of players two years ago, after he had took over again at Portsmouth, who were at that time in severe danger of relegation – and he miraculously saved the club from relegation. Maybe Harry can do the same in reverse by having Newcastle qualify for Europe next season. But we’ll be happy if Harry puts a solid squad together this season and has the team playing attractive and attacking football.
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