Harry Redknapp has told The Mirror that he would be willing to take over at Leeds United on an interim basis until the end of the season – despite last managing a club back in 2017, during an up-and-down stint at Birmingham City.
Leeds are without a manager following the sacking of Jesse Marsch last Monday. Since then, 10 days have gone by – picking up a point from their two outings against Manchester United. On Saturday, they face Everton in a crucial game.
Michael Skubala will remain in interim charge at Leeds for the time being. The club have confirmed he will remain in charge for the ‘upcoming fixtures’ – but the club are believed to be looking to appoint, long-term or a short-term deal.
Nuno Espirito Santo, Steven Gerrard and Tata Martino have been linked of late. But options are limited. Andy Couzens told LeedsUnited.News the club should consider Gary McAllister – Gerrard’s assistant at Aston Villa and Rangers.
Now, Redknapp has potentially entered the fray. He retired as a manager in 2017 after a 34-year spell in management. He has since become a bit of a TV personality. But the Mirror says he has told Leeds he would be willing to take over.
Harry Redknapp willing to take over at Leeds on interim basis
It would be a bizarre move. No-one is questioning Redknapp’s credentials, his experience, his man management. But, a move to bring him back to football after six years on the sidelines, would hardly go down well with fans. He is now 75.
Redknapp was on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here a few years ago. His time in football, as a manager, is over. If Leeds did decide to bring him back then sure, he might get a bounce out of us. But, it would be a very weird one.
However, he is a big name especially among our English players. You would expect his arrival would delight the likes of Luke Ayling, Jack Harrison, Scotland’s Liam Cooper – and Patrick Bamford, a player Redknapp once said is “world class”.