Familiar faces on 13 strong shortlist.
The Russian Football Union (RFU) has a compiled a not-so-short list of managers it would like to speak to about the vacant Russia national team job.
Among the 13 names released today are ex-Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who was sacked last month; former Inter Milan and Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez; Fabio Capello, formerly of England; and Barcelona’s most successful ever manager Pep Guardiola.
The extraordinary list – released on the RFU’s official website – also includes Athletic Bilbao’s outspoken manager Marcelo Bielsa and Italian legend Marcelo Lippi, who is currently in charge of Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande, plus seven Russians.
Russia are in need of a new manager after Dutchman Dick Advocaat left the role following a disappointing Euro 2012 that saw them fail to progress from an easy-looking group. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was strongly linked with the position but signed a new five-year deal with the Premier League champions yesterday.
Redknapp, who spent three seasons at Spurs, is perhaps the most surprising name to be included. The 65-year-old was favourite for the England job before Roy Hodgson’s appointment and significantly enhanced his reputation at Tottenham, twice leading the north Londoners to fourth placed finishes in the Premier League. Redknapp has insisted he has no intention of retiring from management following his dismissal from White Hart Lane but he is known to enjoy life of the south coast and may bulk at prospect of managing an eastern European country.
Guardiola left Barcelona last month and has said he wants to take time out of the game so is unlikely to consider the role, while Capello may well be reluctant for another international job after his experience with England.
The RFU are thought to be willing to pay up to £7.5 million per year to the chosen candidate.
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