Harry Redknapp responds to speculation linking him with Newcastle job

Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp says he has NOT been contacted by Newcastle United over Steve McClaren's job.

The crisis-hit club is sounding out potential successors to McClaren, who is set to lose his job.

Fans chanted for McClaren to be dismissed in the weekend's 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth.

But the club, which is second-bottom of the Premier League and a point adrift of safety, will not act until a successor has been found.

Asked about speculation linking him with the job, Redknapp told Irish channel TV3 Sport: "No, I've never spoken to anybody at Newcastle.

"Steve's still in a job. I like Steve McClaren. I've worked with Steve (at Queens Park Rangers).

"He's an excellent coach, manager, but he needs a result quickly. But I've never spoken to them.

"I was getting on the plane today from Southampton, and everybody thought I was heading to Newcastle. I was heading to Dublin."

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Redknapp has been out of work since stepping down from his post at QPR a last year to undergo knee surgery.

Asked if he would go back into management, the 69-year-old said: "If something came along that was interesting, I would.

"Most of the offers I'm getting at the moment are from far off places in the world where I don't feel like travelling to at the moment."