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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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.
What do you think?
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