Mike Ashley wanted to bring Harry Redknapp to Newcastle in January, 2008 when he had just sacked Sam Allardyce, but Harry after first saying yes, changed his mind the following day, and Ashley turned to Kevin Keegan as big Sam’s replacement.
Harry Redknapp – former QPR manager
Now that Harry has left QPR – where he had a very turbulent ride since joining them in November, 2012 but in that season he failed to keep them in the Premier League.
Harry cited knee problems as the reason he had to leave QPR, and on Tuesday he said he couldn’t even walk 100 yards, but that seems a convenient way to leave the club and not be fired.
Harry is due to have knee surgery soon – presumably on both knees – and could be fit enough in a few months – when Newcastle will be looking to appoint a new head coach.
There’s news that Harry’s odds have shortened for the Newcastle job, but since he was frustrated that QPR didn’t bring in the players he wanted in January, and has been keen in the past on identifying players he wants in – Harry wouldn’t fit the model Newcastle have – which is basically the continental approach of having a head coach, who is not much involved in transfers.
Harry is still a long shot for the job with SkyBet having him at 20/1 with the favorite still being Steve McClaren at 6-4.
Here are the top six favorites at the moment on SkyBet:
Steve McClaren 6/4
John Carver 3/1
Rafael Benitez 5/1
Michael Laudrup 7/1
Remi Garde 7/1
Frank de Boer 9/1
Notice that Remi Garde, who was the favorite through January has dropped down to 7/1.
And there’s no way Rafael Benitez would come to Newcastle, since he wants to keep buying big players every summer, as he amply demonstrated when he was at Liverpool – but he has done well at Roma and has them 3rd top at the moment.
Harry Redknapp is English and we have an inkling that Ashley will appoint another English manager – and Harry is also a Londoner – but he would hardly take kindly to having his best players sold from under him and not replaced in January transfer windows.
If it wasn’t for the restrictions put on him in the transfer market, it could have been a good opportunity for Harry to have his last hurrah – and manage a club that gets 52,000 home gates.
But we’d be surprised if he is offered the job, and even more surprised if he would take the job.
What do you think?
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