Redknapp could replace veteran Italian.
HARRY REDKNAPP is waiting for a phone call from the FAI after it emerged that Giovanni Trapattoni’s days as Ireland manager are numbered.
While Trapattoni arrived in Torshavn ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands insisting that he still had the full support of the association and the players, the Irish Independent has learned that he could be gone before the end of the week.
The 6-1 thrashing by Germany has been deemed the final straw after a humiliating European Championship and not even a win tomorrow night will be enough to keep the Italian in his job.
News that Trapattoni is on the way out will alert a number of candidates who would be interested in a position that retains an attraction despite Ireland’s recent struggles.
It’s understood that Redknapp would be interested in talking to the FAI if the job came up, although it remains to be seen what kind of package the Abbotstown officials could offer in the event of a managerial change. He is likely to have other options on the table in the coming months.
Now wouldn’t that be a turn out for the books.
Barely six months ago, Harry Redknapp was the “people’s choice” for England manager, with every man and his dog touting the Tottenham Hotspur boss to succeed Fabio Capello.
In a bizarre twist of fate, the above source now claims that Redknapp is being lined-up for the Ireland job, as current manager Giovani Trapattoni teeters on the brink after a 6-1 thrashing by Germany in World Cup qualifying in Dublin.
In remains to be seen whether the Italian will remain in the job, let alone whether Redknapp would be willing to succeed him.
The 65-year-old was clearly enamoured with the prospect of managing England but his favourite quote was: “As an Englishman, it’d be hard to turn down”. It seems unlikely that he’d feel the same way about managing Ireland.
Redknapp has also frequently spoken at his enjoyment of club football; working with the players day-to-day, visiting great stadiums in the Premier League etc. and has openly voiced fears that he’d be bored by the lengthy breaks that go hand-in-hand with international management.
And, with all due respect to Ireland who are a decent enough side, Redknapp has made it clear he enjoyed working with top quality players at White Hart Lane, while the Emerald Isle hardly boast anyone world class at present.
It seems more likely that Redknapp will bide his time at home on the south Coast, awaiting a call from a Premier League club. QPR could soon be looking for a new boss and his former employers West Ham, who have started the season brightly, may lose patience with Sam Allardyce’s long-ball football eventually.
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