All permutations about the possibility of former Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur of England manager, Harry Redknapp becoming the next Super Eagles’ coach have fallen flat, as he has opted instead for a job in Australia.
Speculation about the possibility of Redknapp taking over the Eagles’ saddle first appeared last week and, though a fresh angle to the report surfaced late Thursday, the latest development indicates that the veteran tactician prefers working as a club consultant rather than face the pressure of national team management.
Details of the report reveal further that Redknapp is on his way Down Under to join Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners as a consultant.
The Mariners, who were A-League winners in 2008 and 2012, are desperate to get back to the height of champions, after some not too decent run of recent, hence their move to hire Redknapp.
This comes after Redknapp recently had a two-game spell in charge of Jordan, overseeing an 8-0 win over Bangladesh and a 5-1 loss to Australia in Sydney.
Before now, chances of the 69-year-old accepting to handle the Eagles appeared slim, as he is already also acting as an advisor to Derby County, currently fifth in the English Championship and with a chance of playing in the Premier League next season via the playoffs.
This comes despite a report by British tabloid, Daily Star that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had opened talks with Redknapp, who has also coached West Ham United and left his role as Queens Park Rangers in February 2015.
The report surfaced alongside critical comments that, since Redknapp has no previous experience of managing in Africa and has limited international exposure, he would appear to take a gamble were he to accept the Eagles’ job.
Nonetheless, Redknapp’s minders were banking on the relative success of former Chelsea gaffer, Avram Grant with the Black Stars of Ghana for the veteran tactician to succeed in a radical appointment by the NFF.