Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp rubbishes Blackburn link
Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp denies reports linking him with the vacant Blackburn Rovers managerial post
Harry Redknapp has rejected reports linking the former Tottenham Hotspur boss with the vacant managerial position at Blackburn Rovers.
The 65-year-old was sacked by Spurs in June after the former Portsmouth head coach failed to secure the north London club’s qualification for this season’s Champions League.
Manager Steve Kean left Rovers earlier this month but Redknapp quashed speculation linking him with the post, insisting he is not interested in taking charge at Ewood Park.
“I woke up and saw the papers and they said I was supposed to be at an interview for the Blackburn job. It’s complete nonsense, obviously,” Redknapp told Sky Sports News.
“It’s a good club and it’s a good job for somebody but it’s not one I’ll be pursuing. When we saw the speculation my representative Paul Stretford spoke with them to clear up where it was coming from but it’s not something I would look to do.
“They’re a good club with a good squad and good support but it’s not for me. I’m starting to get bored. You can only play golf every so often and my golf isn’t improving. I’m looking to get back in [into football] and I’ll just wait and see what happens.”
Harry Redknapp fact-file
• Redknapp started out 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 FC and then went to Bournemouth, where he was appointed manager in late 1983.
• The 65-year-old left in summer 1992, returning to West Ham as assistant to Billy Bonds, whom he succeeded as manager in 1994. Gave first-team chances to the likes of Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole during his seven years in charge.
• He was appointed Portsmouth’s director of football in 2001, Redknapp stepped into the manager’s chair the following year and 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 – but was sacked in June 2012 after finishing fifth.