I don’t know if Sam Allardyce would want hassle of managing Sunderland – Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has distanced himself from the Sunderland job – and doubts whether Sam Allardyce would want it too.

Redknapp was linked with the vacant head coach position after reports of a close friendship with Black Cats owner Ellis Short surfaced.

The former Spurs boss, however, rubbished those claims and said while he was interested in a return to management, it would have to be the right job.

“I would (come back) if it was something worth doing,” he said. “But I wouldn’t jump into something just for the sake of it.”

And when asked if he was friends with Short, he added: “No, not really.

“I have been and played in a golf day up at Skibo Castle, which he owns, but I have never spoken to anyone about the job and no one has ever asked me about anything.”

Allardyce remains the favourite with bookmakers for the job, having been out of work since parting company with West Ham at the end of the season.

Redknapp, hwoever, isn’t sure if the ex-Newcastle boss would fancy the Wearside gig.

He said: “I was with him last week and had a good chat with him and he said he was enjoying the break at the moment. He is not going to dive into something.

“It is a difficult one for someone to take because they really are going to struggle to stay up. It is not impossible, but it is going to be difficult.

“Sam has done fantastic wherever has been and if he does go in there and it doesn’t happen (at Sunderland), does he need that? I don’t know, it is a difficult one.”

Redknapp, meanwhile, queried the decision of Advocaat to return to Sunderland in the summer.

“It was a strange appointment in the summer,” he added. “He did a great job last year and you felt he wasn’t going to come back but then he decided to come back at the last minute.

“He came back and had a go but he’s bowed out gracefully and hopefully they can get the right man this time.”