Redknapp Wavering Over Newcastle Job


The Guardian is reporting today that Harry Redknapp was in advanced talks about taking charge of Newcastle United last night in London.

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Harry Redknapp – Newcastle United manager job – was said to be sleeping on a decision

The Portsmouth manager met with Paul Kemsley, the former Spurs director, in an office in London’s Bond Street last night, along with his agent Dennis Roach and Chris Mort, the Newcastle Chairman.

Paul is of course very good friends with both Mike Ashley and Harry himself, but Mike Ashley is still away on business sin the Pacific Rim and is not scheduled to return to England until Tuesday.

However, the latest reports suggest that it’s not quite the done deal that some reports suggested yesterday and Harry left the meeting wanting to sleep on the decision.

But this is going to be a very difficult decision for Harry. The area of the North East is not always attractive to a man who has spent his management career in the South, and is now 60 years old and liking life a lot in the south.

Harry will have to decide between that style of living and the huge challenge, with huge rewards that beckon him at Newcastle United. But it will not be easy, and it will not be any easier for him that some Newcastle fans are making it known they don’t want Harry.

That’s what had Sam fail as much as anything when the Newcastle fans turned on him. We’ll never forgot those pictures of Sam being taunted by fans at the Liverpool game and Sam pushing more and more chewing gum into his mouth.

It’s said that Harry wants to speak to the owner one-on-one but surely they had a telephone link through to Mike at the meeting. The Pacific Rim is around 7 hours behind England as far as time goes, so that wouldn’t particularly have been a problem.

Harry and his wife, Sandra, own a seafront home on the Dorset coast and he enjoys both that lifestyle and managing Portsmouth. Yet Newcastle are reported to be offering him £20m over four years, as well as promising to sign players such as Jermain Defoe, Sol Campbell and Pascal Chimbonda.

Portsmouth are due to fly to Newcastle this lunchtime and stay in a Tyneside hotel before their match at Sunderland tomorrow. So it’s going to be interesting to see what happens. Surely a decision has to be made today on this. It cannot drag on in the press too long. Portsmouth officials were doubtful whether their manager would be on the plane or at the game,

If all goes as planned Newcastle hope Redknapp will have taken over in time for Wednesday’s FA Cup 3rd round replay against Stoke. If Harry turns down the Newcastle offer they will probably turn to Mark Hughes of Blackburn Rovers.

We don’t think Alan Shearer has the experience yet to take over at Newcastle and is not being considered at this time.

Comments very welcome.


66 comments so far

  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    well i really dont know what to believe, as pompey are now saying that if he wanted to go he can , but theirs been no contact at all from the toon,so how can they be discussing a compensation package? with mort and ashley out the country it all seems strange

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  • adam

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    stay away harry

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  • melbourne mag

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Looks like a done deal. I can’t get myself excited by the prospect of “Arry’ in charge of the toon. That said, we need to get 100% behind him from the get go.

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  • tommyy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    They are both not good enough for us, i thought this was supposed to be the new, successful era. Looks like now its the same sort of managers with a smaller transfer kitty.

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    i just cant see it, heres peter storriess (pompey chairman) view on things this morning:

    “It’s the sort of thing which, quite frankly, gets you a little bit angry,” Storrie added.

    “It is obvious Harry is going to be linked with other jobs. Several months ago he was linked with Tottenham.

    “Then he was linked to England – and now he is linked to this (Newcastle) job. That is three big posts.

    “It just shows you what a fantastic guy we’ve got in Harry. But we have had no approaches whatsoever, and I’m not so sure we ever will.

    “It’s basically silly season. The approach would have to be directly to me or to the owner (Sacha Gaydamak).

    “Our priority at the moment is to try to bring players in, and we will continue to work on that. But if Harry ever wants to leave Portsmouth Football Club I am absolutely certain he would come directly to me.”

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    i really cant see ashleys close pal coming out and saying that mike will deliver what the toon army wants and that he would be excited if he was one of us ,then for mike to do this? im confused

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  • Ausgeordie

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Cant say he excites me but if he gets defoe I’d be stoked

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  • witnit

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    What with Ashley, ‘Arry & this Kemsley geezer (ex-spurs director, Alan Sugar’s mate & appears on the Apprentice at the interview stage) it appears we’re going to ran by a bunch of f**king cockney wideboys!!

    I hope with all my heart that these are just rumours perpetuated by the media because there’s some rubbish being written out there!!

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    well i certainly dont want redknapp, but if he comes ill support him and hope. but its very poor that ashley isnt going for a more successfull manager, thats all the toon want

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  • adam

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #10

    i hope your right carl. im praying we get a continental manager and that mike ashley is getting a deal done over the phone.

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  • tommyy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11

    well Redknapp is back at the pompey training ground which is a good sign that he may not be the one.

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  • UTD111

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Come on @Arry – sign!! This is the only club outside of the so-called big 4 (2 of which get smaller crowds than us) who have the resources and fan base to take the buggers on. You’ve done your time at smaller clubs like West Ham and Pompey – now bring all that experience to United and press “Go”!!

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #13

    im hoping harry turns it down IF true.things just dont add up, i will be outraged if we dont get a continental manager.

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  • UTD111

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #14

    If Mike Ashley says he wants ‘Arry – thats good enough for me. He’s made a fortune hiring good managers in industry so he knows what he’s doing.

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #15

    utd111- all of his experience of what exactly? mediocre football teams?

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  • tommyy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Jesus Christ, Sky sports news interviewing some Toon fans, they are saying Stuart peirce and one even said Lawrie Sanchez!! ffs

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  • UTD111

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #17

    “outraged” Carl? aw diddums mate. You gonna chuck your toys around outside the directors entrance?

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #18

    yeah, ssn probably threw them £20 to say that

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  • tommyy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #19

    Redknapp doesn’t want the job!!! official!!!

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  • tommyy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #20

    He is staying at Portsmouth!!

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #21

    toys mate, what the hell you talking about? i have my opinions mate, and i dont like harry, along with probably 80% of people on here.

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #22

    tommy- where you here that#?

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  • tommyy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Well thank god for that, its gotta be a foreign genius now 😀

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  • toony

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #24

    are u sure that redknapp doesn’t want the job………….any confirmation…….

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  • tommyy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #25

    ssn… just confirmed it, its not a rumour, Redknapp gave an interview.

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  • awc88

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #26

    sky news redknapp rejects newcastle

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  • adam

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #27

    continental manager!!!

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  • tommyy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #28

    ahhh shit, unfortunatly Redknapp also confirmed in the interview that he was in talks with Newcastle…. it obviously wasn’t a smokescreen then 🙁

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  • Murvar

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #29

    Carl – believe me, Redknapp knows what pure football is; he’s a product of the West Ham of the 60’s and 70’s – three World Cup winners and known for a classy passing game. His teams have always tried to play that way. There’s no doubt he can spot a player and he has extensive contacts. Given more dosh and a sense of backing from his Chairman, I think he could do very well indeed. And I think the fans will like him – he’s a character and if we give him a fair crack of the whip, he’ll love it here more than he ever imagined. Occasionally I pass his house when I visit my mother in Dorset – amazing area, great sea frontage.. Bui he hasn’t seen Cullercoats yet!

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #30

    ok well thats him out then, i now hope they dont turn directly to shearer

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  • geordie down south

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #31

    thts made my day .. redknaap is shite..

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  • Marguerite

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #32

    WELL HE HAS TURNED US DOWN, SO NOW WHO IS IT GOING TO BE?????

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #33

    i have nothing against redknapp. just we have an oppertunity to get a successfull manager and wouldnt want to waste it, obviously id of supported him but hes not exactly what the fans want

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  • tommyy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #34

    I really hope MA just goes all guns blazing for a full on quality manager.

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #35

    i bet the bookies are laughing all the way to the bank this morning haha how many peoples lost their money now

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #36

    on the first place .. out of all the managers .. why did we offer arry the job ?
    with the likes of lippi ,van gaal and flores ! makes no sense removing sam to get another mid table manager .

    great going ashley and mort
    *clap* *clap*
    now can we get someone who has won and wants to win something ?

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #37

    However, after holding talks with Newcastle chairman Chris Mort on Friday Redknapp has decided to turn down the chance to manage Newcastle to stay at Fratton Park.

    who the hell said mort was in portugal ?

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #38

    so ED- who do you think is next on the list? and remember mark hughes has already ruled himself out!

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  • steve

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #39

    TFFT – The obvious bad news is that they actually offered Harry the job and had no plan in place at all when they sacked sam, FFS all over again

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  • tommyy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #40

    doesn’t look like it toonaholic 🙁 if harry was first choice, its very unlikely number 2 is the likes of Jose.

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