More Proof Harry Wants Newcastle Job


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.

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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.

Comments very welcome.


167 comments so far

  • Midjew

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #1

    If he gets signings like chimbonda and sol cambell AND DIARRA i will be happy with him.

    We arent THAT BIG in terms of what we achieve

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #2

    harry sighted !!!

    at local butchers .

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  • Zx

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, I like your banner. Perhaps you can put a few bars in front of Barton.

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  • nightfall

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #4

    hey all…i’d just like to hear your opinion on del bosque… i think we could easilly get him..and i think it would suit us…he know how to handle cash…he left real ‘cos they forced him to buy stars, which he didn’t need…he won everything with fighters…not superstars… and he was the one who bought makelele, when noone else didn’t even see much potential in him… like i said…just a thought..i’d like to know what you think of him…

    cheers 😉

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  • nitro

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #5

    f**k off..we dont want you on tyneside!!

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  • nufctj

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ll take ‘ol ‘arry over Moronyo any day. But let’s get on with it then…the transfer window is upon us! Europe beckons!

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  • Ross

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #7

    ok, so it seems like its definitly harry. alot of fans dont seem to be happy about this, but lets try and back the man shall we.
    end of the day, hopefully he will do something with the £20 million.
    but this is it. new year, new board, their own new manager, new toon.

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  • toonfan1

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #8

    someone said to me that redknapp has this weekend to make his mind up. i really want him to take this job but this pit in my stomach tells me he is going to be a right failure just like most of the recent managers. hopefully if he is signed up, he can bring in reinforcements like kranjcar (but doubt he come) chimbonda, diarra, campbell etc.

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  • Zx

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Well nightfall, if you didnt mention his name, I won’t remember him at all. I doubt Mike knows him anyway, not a chance, but he is great imho.

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  • Midjew

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Lets just get it announced and get on with it, and BUY some players thats what bothers me we coudl be missing out on great player!

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #11

    There’s one problem with this Harry story – and that’s that the man HIMSELF said, PUBLICLY, he’s not interested in leaving Pompey!

    It aint gonna happen people.

    Actually, by insisting that it is Redknapp, you’re insulting the intelligence and business capabilities of Mr Ashley.

    I am very strongly taking the very right wing view that Ashley sorted out his man and simply isn’t going to make an announcment until after the Man Utd game on Monday.
    I’m sure he’s loving all the media attention on his club and quite possibly, using that in sort other business transaction while in Hong Kong.

    Ashley will deliver, I’m certain of it.
    Shame on you doubters.

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  • steve

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #12

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    To tell the truth I’am gutted that its looking more and more likley that this is true, his record isn’t great and he’s nicknamed houdini due to his late escapes from relegation.
    I was really hoping for a world class manager to come in and turn the toon into a club capable of winning something.

    This is really really really bad news from my perspective, I’m clinging to the hope it isn’t true

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  • Kash2

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Big Sol would be a great signing, we should definitely push through the purchase of Diarra but Chimbonda is not worth it at all. Beye is far better than Chimbonda, I really don’t think there are many better players for RB than Beye. If we sign Diarra then we have sufficient cover at RB. What we need is a LB to help out our defence.

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  • ourman

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #14

    In nearly 30 years in management he has never won a single cup.

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  • carl

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #15

    ffs a chance to move forwards but no- we guna end up with redknapp. bollocks to that is what i say!!!

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  • Petworth Mag

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Zx.LOL thank you. That would be amazing!

    In any case, Ed you will be having to swap out that banner fairly soon.

    If ‘Arry is appointed we can wave bye bye to Joey Barton and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few follow him.

    Sol to the toon, better late than never I guess.

    Plz plz plz reunite Diarra and N’Zogbia, imagine being able to sit Butt!?

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  • Die hard toon

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Well it sure looks like Harry is Ashley man not sure he is mine but if it is let’s give the man time to put his mark on the team and some ASHLEY cash

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #18

    I don’t understand why if Ashley is prepared to throw all this money at Redknapp, he hasn’t approached a genuine”top man in his field”, (not the deluded, arrogant and obnoxious recently departed gargoyle.) Surely that kind of money would surely bring in just about anyone and I mean anyone. 5M a year, private jet etc. Why gamble it on a 60 year old journeyman who’s had even longer than Sam to never win anything, is an alledged bung merchant and had the gall to criticse Capello and Hiddinck!! Thiungs are never simple at NE1. Way to disillusion everyone again.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Ed, just out of interest, where is the PROOF?

    I see no proof of anything, other than this article, along with every other article and all other media coverage of this sorid situation, being absolute twoddle.

    Face it, NO-ONE knew that Sam was getting sacked, so why would anyone know who’s coming in?

    We will all be put out of our misery soon, my guess is Monday.

    Until then, or if some actual REAL PROOF, i.e. a press conference and OFFCIAL CONFIRMATION, I wouldn’t waste time or money on it all.

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  • Obafan

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Edd Case – I really hope you are right. And perhaps you are, MA is indeed a businessman in all kinds and now the last 2 days his club was in the middle of all news, which every businessman likes a lot. So perhaps you might be right.

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  • Obafan

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Who is this Redknapp source?? I also can come out and say that I know Jose and that he just rang me to tell me that he is interested.

    Oh f*ck, my phone is ringing ATM 😉

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  • geordie down south

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #22

    stuart pearce??

    hes not my favourite by far..

    but what he would do is put the fight back into newcastle..

    steven taylor as captain.. just like under 21’s..

    xxxx

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  • Midjew

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Isnt it strange how NO ONE seems to of seen or got a comment from mort since BS got sacked?

    What has that sneaky guy been up to?

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  • nitro

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #24

    yup..MA must be lapping up all the attention in the papers..even in my country were Newcastle United doesnt get a lot of coverage we managed to get a whole page dedicated to this news in the papers..=)

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  • LeazesEndLoyal

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Our chairman is playing SSN for fools.

    NO SIGN OF HARRY OR POMPEY HIERARCHY ALL DAY IN NEWCASTLE!

    The joke’s on the media………. BIG TIME!

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  • Obafan

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #26

    geordie down south – come on stuart pearce, he was crap at Man City… Do you really think MA wants him over SA????

    And Steven Taylor is by miles not ripe for the captaincy. He needs to learn that much more…

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  • graham

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #27

    bring back allardyce!!!!

    Sorry I come over all queasy there for a minute.

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  • Davy

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #28

    One thing that I think is essential is that if/when we sign Harry Rednapp (or anyone else for that matter!) the fans need to give full support and give him a chance rather than writing him off before a ball is kicked. It is not going to turn around overnight!

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Midjew – exactly, Mort is as professional as you get.
    He would have ‘vanished’ as soon as Sam was sacked – so he couldn’t be followed etc etc.

    I’m fairly sure, from what I’ve heard, that Mort is in Portugal – but I wouldn’t read much into that in terms of Mourinho, as he lives in London and might not be anywhere near his home country.

    I am certain though, that Ashley and Mort have spent a very long time PLANNING.

    They are both very successfull men and will have had numerous meetings about how to take the club forward.

    To sack Sam without something in place would just be so out of character and just bonkers for a man who made over a billion just after he turned 41.

    Also, why would Mort let him just sack Sam without having anyone in place – Mort, aswell as Ashley will know damn well that it’d make the club look incompetant i the biggest way if there wasn’t a solid plan in place.

    We are in a different era folks, this is not the dark days of Fat Fred – this is the controlled and progressive early stages of a superb new era for Newcastle United.
    As Ashley’s only REAL KNOWN FRIEND who has been quoted said, “He will deliver to the Newcastle fans what they want, I’d be very excited if I was a Newcastle fan”

    Have faith people.

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  • geordie down south

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #30

    obafan agreed he isnt the best of managers.. but then the expectancy wouldnt be high .. all newcastle need is a fighting mentality like we saw against arsenal.. we already have the quality..

    xxx

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #31

    “id take arry of mornoyo’ , europe beckons”
    yeah lets see , one who’s never been to europe in 20 odd year management , the other who’s done nowt but be a winner and is a wee bairn in football .
    jose love’s to talk about jobs as projects , if he knew he had funds and complete control over the future of the club(unlike at chelski) of his old mentors favorite team , im sure that’s not an unattractive project as some of you make out .

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  • mik garland

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Someone out there knows something.Steve Coppells odd have gone from 40/1 to 16/1 in a very short space of time.

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #33

    Edd your dreaming, he is coming

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  • nitro

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #34

    ok guys..for all we know MA and mourinho could be in tokyo right now having supper together..(no ones heard anything about jose being in london or portugal have we??)..then…game time at old trafford MA shows up with mourinho in tow beaming away(where better to shock the world than at old trafford with the tv cameras rolling)..the gives a pat on the back to kelmsley for putting up the HR smokescreen..(good on ya mate..ur getting the director of football job)..this what i think will happen..=P

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  • És

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #35

    know I have send a message to Jose M agent and asked him if Jose would be interested to have the Nufc job;). I hope I get a positive answer back=).

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Jose don’t want us, we are a mediocre club, we are no chelsea, chelsea had silverware and were constantly in the top 6 when he took over, he wont want us, face it, its harry

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  • steve

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #37

    The papers always quote “real friend” / “source close to” etc when they haven’t got a clue in order to give thier story some credibility – I wouldn’t put to much hope on that story

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  • nitro

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #38

    why wouldnt jose come here..before he went to chelsea they were ranked lower than us..

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  • nightfall

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #39

    who prefers harry over mourinho is not a NUFC fan, ‘cos we all know jose would deliver and harry? not likely…he’s a gamble… so who said that is just being selfish and he wouldn’t let newcastle reach it’s potential ONLY ‘cos he doesn’t like mourinho…amm….wtf?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #40

    The good thing about Harry is he likes the africans so hopefully he’ll be bringing Chikhaoui our way if he arrives.

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