Redknapp Being Lined Up As Newcastle Head Coach

Before Newcastle played QPR on 22nd November last year, in the run-up to the game which Newcastle managed to win 1-0, Harry Redknapp lavishly praised Mike Ashley, Alan Pardew and the Newcastle United Football club.

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Harry Redknapp – now available

This is what Harry said in the week before the game about Ashley, who he called the Chairman (he isn’t – he’s the owner):

“The Chairman has been fantastic,” “He gets a lot of stick, Mike Ashley, but he’s always at the games in the crowd.” “He follows the team, loves it, 

And Harry said this about Alan Pardew and Newcastle United at the time:

“Ashley has stuck by Alan because he knows he’s got a good manager.” ‘It’s easy to make a knee-jerk reaction and bomb him out.”

“They finished fifth the other year and were very unlucky not to finish in the Champions League places – he’s done a good job.”

“Alan was coming under all kinds of grief there but he’s done a great job at Newcastle,” “They’ve picked up.”

“Newcastle is a great club, one of the great clubs in English football – the 50,000 fans every week with their black and white shirts on.”

“I think he’s doing a really good job and full credit to the chairman who has never looked like buckling under pressure.”

“I’m pleased for Alan but hopefully we can go up there and get a good result this weekend.”

And Harry of course turned down the Newcastle manager job in January of 2008, after Sam Allardyce had been fired, when he first accepted the job and then called back a day later and turned it down.

After sleeping on the decision he had decided he was not willing to move to the north-east – and his wife fully backed that decision.

So it’s not too surprising since Harry resigned from the QPR job last Monday, that Newcastle are being linked with Harry Redknapp again.

And while initially we didn’t think that could happen, maybe it can.

Redknapp will have operations on both knees in the next few weeks so his ability physically to coach a team will hopefully be fully restored.

And in fact it’s not too surprising that the Star is reporting today that Ashley will try to persuade Redknapp to return to football at St James’ Park in the summer.

Mike Ashley seems to like to appoint Englishmen and also Londoners.

Harry has had  a bad time of it at QPR, where he was not successful, but he’s bad times before, like at Southampton from 2004-2005, as one example, where things just didn’t work out.

But he came back with Portsmouth from 2004-2008 and then Spurs – a job he accepted in the October of the same year he had turned Newcastle down – and took Spurs to the Champions League.

There will still be the reasons of 2008 why he wouldn’t want to come to Newcastle, and his wife was never keen to move too far from London – but maybe they wouldn’t have to.

And it also could be a last hurrah for Harry with a big club like Newcastle United, and be doing well he could have the chance to restore his reputation as a manager.

But one question is whether he would put up with the restrictions placed on him by the owner, but if he looks at the squad we have at the moment we have some good players and some good youngsters coming through.

But we don’t know if he’s the track suit type of coach that Newcastle seem to be looking for – and he turns 68 next month, so he’s not getting any younger.

Harry would also want to bring his own coaching team with him, and he’s  the typical England type manager and never believed in the continental way of running a football club,  which Newcastle have now fully adopted.

He will also know Graham Carr from his times at Tottenham, before Graham took the job at Newcastle in February of 2010.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Well he turned us down before, was talk he didn’t want to move away from his south coast home.

    Can’t see him coming here, especially with the way he likes to do transfer business, he’d need to be pretty desperate to take a job which goes against all things he seems to like.

    He did a great job at spurs though. Crap with QPR but then again nobody has done well with them, it’s something wrong with the club.

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #2

    To late Ed i beat you to it.

    Ha ha ha

  • Tsunki

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Nope. Not biting.

  • Goofy

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #4

    No thanks. Next!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #5

    It was WUM night and nobody told me?

  • Belfast

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Daily star, wouldn’t wipe my arse with it.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #7

    as i said fatty will appoint someone from his social circle arry is the best you could hope for if its not him it will be harford etc

  • shearer4pm

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Hey lads, wonder if anyone could help, don’t get to many games as I live down in somerset. Hoping to get tickets to the Man U game on the Wednesday early March, anyone know when those tickets will be on sale on the website?
    Many thanks

  • ToonMatt

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s absolute garbage as everyone knows John Carver will get the job full time cos he’s cheep like a budgie lol

  • firebug666

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Another non story.

    Arry and his bank accounts would hate it, no involvement with transfers so no back handers, and no hanging out of his car window to give out the lowdown.

    knee op for Arry, nee hope for us.

  • Edd Case

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #11

    He’ll never come to NUFC.
    He’s 67 now, retirement age.
    He loves the ‘souf coast’ and will stay there.

    We’ll either get De Boer, Garde or Ronald Mc’bloody’Donald knowing MA.

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Carvers already got the job in the summer

  • Belfast

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Rosie wants to shite on tynemouth beach.

  • Belfast

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #14

    She told the dog groomer when he was cutting her nails

  • chasing_rabbits

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #15

    No to Redknapp. Still holding out for somebody to be bought in over the summer.

    However, if Carver manages to do a good job, then I don’t see why he shouldn’t be worth a shot for a full season. I’m starting to feel more confident with him than I was with Pardew. At least we’ve gone out and tried to attack teams rather than sit back and hope for a lucky break.

    Will be interesting to see how he lines up tomorrow and how the team responds to last weeks win. But with Shawcross & Walters absent for Stoke I’d be even more confident of the win.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 8, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #16

    Nicely worded headline Dr Harrison
    No question mark
    Get some hits tonight you will

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 8, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Anyone see Nigel Pearson on MoTD ?
    I think he has mental heath issues

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 8, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Just read my post back
    “Get some hits tonight you will”
    I sound like blooming Yoda

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 8, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Yoda or a Welshman

  • lesh

    Feb 8, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #20

    A marriage made in heaven…..

    Rednapp, who wants to spend as though money’s going out of fashion and

    Ashley who….

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 8, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #21

    They may both be Southerners
    Harry born in Poplar
    Ashley in Slough
    Naw I don’t fink so

  • kevymartins

    Feb 8, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #22

    @Jeff .Hey my name is jefffff 😉

    I seen that after being asked what was up with him randomly gripping a player by the throat and not letting him go he says ”don’t worry about me I can look after myself?” guy is nuts.

    I reckon he trains his team with a gun and calling them monkeys like that movie foxcatcher.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 8, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #23

    Hey my name ain’t Jeff
    What a coincidence

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 8, 2015 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #24

    Jeff (may I call you Jeff ,Jeff)
    The weirdest thing was heidbanger Pardew acting as peacemaker

  • kevymartins

    Feb 8, 2015 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #25

    You not seen the videos and reamakes from 22 jump street?

    You living under a rock El Jefe?

  • kevymartins

    Feb 8, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #26

    Ano and the funny thing about that is David Myler has seemed to have dedicated his goal celebration to that. Every time he scores he headbutts the corner flag and did it today.

    Even though Pardew is a headbanger I think even he was looking at Pearson and thinking #wtf is this guy on crack.

    This is not a joke happened a few months ago Leicester where playing someone and an a away fan said something to him at a hotel or something and he turned round and said back ”Go kill yourself” . Does the idiot not realize he is suppose to be a role model.

    Should be sacked. Hate old school ”Hard men” managers like him Di,Canio and so on.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 8, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #27

    One of his rules apparently is no phones ipads etc. on match days —-wtf is that all about —-tactics spies in the camp —–guys paranoid

  • sickandtired

    Feb 8, 2015 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #28

    The final insult if this conniving dodgy geezer gets a go up here. Part of me would like to see it happen, just to shut up the Ashley supporters and make another complete mockery of the garbage the club is trying to spin us..

  • KevinLee

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #29

    Harry need to retire

  • one fine day

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:39 AM

    Comment #30

    Who the @@@k voted yes ? 18% ? Jesus

  • Chris

    Feb 8, 2015 at 4:53 AM

    Comment #31

    ‘Arry Redknapp?
    Cor Blimey Ed, yer ‘avin a larf ain’t yer?

    I heard he’s going in for knee replacement surgery. It’s a pity they couldn’t replace his gob instead.

  • JDdubai

    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #32

    145 yes votes????

    Go home poll, you’re drunk.

  • hibbit

    Feb 8, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #33

    killed the blog with that one ed arry redknapp.ha ha ha ha ha

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 8, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #34

    If you want to kill the blog just dedicate it to an ‘Arry article!

  • Stovey

    Feb 8, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #35

    We can’t have this crook anywhere near nufc! I’d rather keep Calver. At least he won’t blame his dog when everything goes pear shaped like this wheeler dealer did in that wonky tax trial of his

  • deadlyBuzz

    Feb 8, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #36

    Lets not forget, ‘Arry may have brought spurs to the champions leage, but only on the back of Daniel Levy pumping millions into the team. Players still seem to want to go to spurs as its in london which gives them a competitive edge with some of the other teams.
    He also had millions from Gaydamak at portsmouth, when that dried up, he was gone and so were portsmouth. He has also had millions at QPR and got relegated and had to make a team on a restricted budget with Southampton… and got relegated.

    He’s been living off his reputation earned in the 90s with some good work at west ham.

  • microbar

    Feb 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #37

    But what about Harry’s knees ???.

  • Malta Mag

    Feb 8, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #38

    Harry Redknapp would not be my first choice but yes I would be excited if we appointed him. Forget his birthplace cos for some that seems to be an issue. Every where he’s been he’s promoted attractive football the way the game should be played. He’s also never dodged an interview or made excuses but faced the media whatever the result. At Spurs he was given money but look at the way he accommodated Modric, Krancar and Bale in the same team and the level of football they played? Always a wise crack, always a good honest comment and the type of bloke who would light up our club and fall in love with the fans if given a chance.
    As I say, not my first choice but show some respect to one of the game’s great characters.

  • mindshaft

    Feb 8, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #39

    Redknapp is one of the worst coaches in english football

  • mindshaft

    Feb 8, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #40

    West Ham – sacked
    Portsmouth – sacked
    Southampton – sacked
    Portsmouth – sacked
    Spurs – sacked
    QPR – sacked


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