Newcastle United want Harry Redknapp as a replacement for Steve McClaren following Saturday’s fall back into the relegation zone.

That is the claim of the club’s preferred media partner The Mirror, who say the 68 year old out of work manager is seen as the answer by Mike Ashley to United’s problems.

Redknapp walked out halfway through QPR’s relegation season leaving a right mess behind him and hasn’t worked since, that is apart from at least a dozen media appearances per day…

It was widely reported and generally accepted as fact, that Harry Redknapp turned down the chance to be Newcastle manager under Mike Ashley in the early days of his chaotic reign on Tyneside.

If there is genuine interest from Newcastle then it would be interesting to see if the former Spurs boss would contemplate moving so far north, even on a temporary basis.

With Newcastle United under Ashley you can never take anything for granted, but surely if the team are taken apart by both Liverpool and Spurs in the next two matches in the style of what has happened against Leicester and Palace, it must be almost impossible for the status quo to continue.

Whether any change would involve our old friend Harry Redknapp is an unknown but one positive if we did get landed with him, is that surely this would ensure that money would be made available for players, or else he wouldn’t take the job.

Whilst maybe more importantly, he would also be sure to insist on choosing any signings, rather than this failed route of employing managers/head coaches such as McClaren and Pardew who have no say on who comes in or goes out.