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Nigeria to appoint Harry Redknapp in a matter of days in bizarre late career twist

Harry Redknapp is on the brink of taking over as Nigeria manager, according to the Daily Star, in news that will take the world of African football by storm.

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United coach left his role as Queens Park Rangers at the beginning of February 2015, and he has since spent time as the manager of Jordan.

However, it hasn’t been clear where the 69-year-old’s career goes next, with a recent appointment as football adviser at Derby County suggesting that his days in the dugout may be over.

The Daily Star, however, suggest that Redknapp is set to be appointed as Nigeria coach within the next few days, following talks with the NFF.

The Super Eagles—one of Africa’s genuine giants—parted ways with 2013 Cup of Nations-winning coach Stephen Keshi in 2015, and his exit was soon followed by the departure of Sunday Oliseh, who left in February 2016 after eight months in charge.

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In the aftermath of Oliseh’s exit, Nigeria fell out of contention for a spot at the 2017 Cup of Nations, and will thus sit out of the continental showpiece for the second tournament in a row.

Redknapp, who has no experience of managing in Africa, and has limited international exposure, would appear a left-field choice to take the top job in West Africa, but the relative success of Avram Grant at Ghana gives hope that such a radical appointment could be a success.

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