Harry Redknapp, The New Super Eagles Coach?


A Daily Star report hints that former Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur manager, Harry Redknapp, is set to become the new head coach of the Super Eagles.

69-year-old Redknapp, who was once tipped to become England coach, will now take the Nigeria job on a permanent basis. Redknapp is largely untested at international level after narrowly missing out on the England job to Roy Hodgson.

Currently, Salisu Yusuf is the interim coach of the Nigerian national team and will take charge of the two upcoming friendly matches against Mali and Luxembourg. Yusuf stepped in after the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) decided not to continue with Samson Siasia, who was given the job on a temporary basis following Sunday Oliseh’s shock resignation in February this year.

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Last month, Redknapp finished a two-game deal managing Jordan’s national team – reportedly a favour for the country’s FA president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein. Derby appointed Redknapp as an adviser earlier this year – but the ex-West Ham and QPR boss said he did not want the job full time.

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Redknapp has worked with ex-Nigerian internationals in the past, notably he worked with Kanu Nwankwo and Peter Utaka at Portsmouth, where they went on to win FA Cup with Kanu grabbing the winner.

However on developing news, Central Coast Mariners have announced that Harry Redknapp will act as a consultant in next A-League season. The Mariners made the announcement at the club’s end-of-season awards ceremony on Friday, though it’s still unclear how much involvement Redknapp will have with the Mariners.

The link between Redknapp and the Mariners presumably came about through Peter Storrie, who is an associate director of the A-League club but was chief executive of Portsmouth when Redknappp managed there.

He has been out of fulltime management since leaving League Championship club Queens Park Rangers in April, although he became a football adviser at Derby County last month.

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His greatest managerial achievements include, among others, winning the 2008 FA Cup with Pompey and leading Spurs to the Champions League for the first time in the 2010-11 season, reaching the quarter-finals.