The Guardian is reporting today that Harry Redknapp was in advanced talks about taking charge of Newcastle United last night in London.
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 itâ€™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 donâ€™t want Harry.
Thatâ€™s what had Sam fail as much as anything when the Newcastle fans turned on him. Weâ€™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.
Itâ€™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 wouldnâ€™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 Â£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 itâ€™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 donâ€™t think Alan Shearer has the experience yet to take over at Newcastle and is not being considered at this time.
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