Media shy Harry Redknapp has at last broken his silence on the Newcastle job.
Since jumping ship at QPR 13 months ago and leaving a total mess at the club who would finish rock bottom of the Premier League, Harry Redknapp must surely accept that his days of being offered a Premier League job are well in the past.
However, with basket case clubs such as Newcastle you can never be sure.
Speaking to media in Ireland on Tuesday, Harry Redknapp denied speaking to Newcastle United (so far) about Steve McClaren’s job.
On the other hand he was happy to add that if something interesting came along he would be interested…
‘Arry saying that ‘most of the offers (one? two?) that he has had, have been from ‘far off places in the world’ that he doesn’t fancy, presumably places more ‘far off’ than the north east of England.
A two month contract with massive survival bonus would almost certainly be right up Harry Redknapp’s street because after all, what has he got to lose? His Premier League career is in the past and not the future and as for his reputation…
At this point it is very hard to see Newcastle bringing in a serious new manager/head coach and making a new extra significant financial commitment long-term.
Mike Ashley’s way of operating at Newcastle is always just to try enough to get through to the next season of Premier League TV money and free worldwide exposure for his retail empire.
Newcastle are surely pnly looking at retaining Steve McClaren or a short-term gamble like Harry Redknapp, or both, what a choice!
Harry Redknapp speaking to TV3:
“No, I have never spoken to anybody at Newcastle.
“Steve is still in a job. I like Steve McClaren. I’ve worked with Steve, he’s an excellent coach, manager, whatever…but he needs a result quickly – but I have never spoken to them.
“I was getting on the plane today from Southampton and everybody thought I was heading to Newcastle – I was heading to Dublin.
“If something comes along that is interesting, I would (be interested).
“Most of the offers I’m getting at the moment are from far off places in the world, where I don’t feel like travelling to at the moment.”