Ex-Tottenham boss Redknapp: I’ve not had talks about Russia job

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp reveals he has not been in contact with the Russian Football Union

harry redknapp
Harry Redknapp was sacked by Tottenham in June PA Photos

harry redknapp

Harry Redknapp insists he has not been in contact with the Russian Football Union despite being named as a candidate to replace Dick Advocaat as the national team boss on Tuesday.

The 65-year-old was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur in June after the north London outfit’s dramatic slump in form towards the end of the Premier League season.

Russia endured a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign which saw Advocaat’s side fail to qualify for the quarter-finals – the Dutchman has since become PSV Eindhoven’s new boss.

“I haven’t been contacted but I’m sure it’s a fantastic job for someone,” said Redknapp.

On Tuesday, the Russian Football Union released a 13-man shortlist of candidates to replace Advocaat, which includes former England manager Fabio Capello and ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

The RFU statement read: “The Russian Football Union has officially informed that the organisation plans to consult, in full compliance with the rules of Fifa and Uefa, the appointment of the head coach of Russian national team, with the following experts: Rafael Benitez, Anatoliy Byshovets, Marcelo Bielsa, Valery Gazzaev, Josep Guardiola, Fabio Capello, Andrei Kobelev, Yuri Krasnozhan, Marcello Lippi, Valery Nepomnyashchy, Nikolai Pisarev, Harry Redknapp and Yuri Semin.”

Harry Redknapp fact-file

• Redknapp started his playing career at West Ham, where his team-mates included future England World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore. A midfielder, Redknapp scored seven goals in 149 appearances before joining Bournemouth in 1972, where he also played over 100 games.

• He moved to America via Brentford in 1976, spending three years in Seattle where he also worked as assistant coach. Held the same post to Moore at non-league Oxford City and then went to Bournemouth, where he was appointed manager in late 1983. Masterminded an FA Cup shock against holders Manchester United in January 1984.

• He returned to West Ham in 1992 as assistant to Billy Bonds, whom he succeeded as manager in 1994. He gave first-team chances to the likes of Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole during his seven years in charge.

• Redknapp was appointed Portsmouth’s director of football in 2001, and stepped into the manager’s chair the following year.

• He took them into the Premier League in 2003 and, after a year in charge of local rivals Southampton, returned in December 2005, winning the FA Cup in 2008.

• Struggling Tottenham turned to Redknapp that October and he steered the team away from relegation trouble, also reaching the League Cup final.

• In 2009-10 he led the club to fourth position in the Premier League, earning a new contract until 2013.

• He led Spurs to a fourth-place finish in the Premier League in 2011-12 but the Londoners were forced to settle for a Europa League spot as a result of Chelsea’s Champions League triumph.

Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano: Chelsea FC lead Man United in race to sign Aurelien Tchouameni
Ralf Rangnick
Ralf Rangnick names the Man United player ‘everybody loves’
Mikel Arteta
Fabrizio Romano: Arsenal want to sign ‘important striker’ but it won’t be Dusan Vlahovic
Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano: Thomas Tuchel would love Chelsea FC to sign Federico Chiesa from Juventus
Michael Owen
Michael Owen states his prediction for Man United v Young Boys
Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano: Chelsea FC lead Man United in race to sign Aurelien Tchouameni
Ralf Rangnick
Ralf Rangnick names the Man United player ‘everybody loves’
Mikel Arteta
Fabrizio Romano: Arsenal want to sign ‘important striker’ but it won’t be Dusan Vlahovic
Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano: Thomas Tuchel would love Chelsea FC to sign Federico Chiesa from Juventus
Michael Owen
Michael Owen states his prediction for Man United v Young Boys
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature