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“It would be hard to say no”- English manager confirms he is open to Tottenham Hotspur return

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Harry Redknapp says It would be hard to say no to Tottenham Hotspur return

Antonio Conte’s future at Tottenham Hotspur is up for debate, which has led to former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp claiming that he will be open to a return to the club if he is offered a job.

Redknapp, 76, managed Tottenham for four years between 2008 and 2012. During that time, like every other Lilywhites manager that succeeded him, the Englishman failed to win a trophy with us.

The Englishman went on to manage Queens Park Rangers from 2012 to 2015 before taking up jobs at Jordan (2016) and Birmingham City (2017). Speaking to TalkSPORT, Redknapp confirmed (h/t BirminghamLive):

Tottenham Hotspur's English manager Harry Redknapp.
Tottenham Hotspur’s English manager Harry Redknapp. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

“If someone asks you, I think it would be hard to say no, I’ll be truthful. When you love it, you do find it hard to say no,” although he admitted he had not been in contact with Levy. But you look at what you’re doing now, sitting around, having a game of golf, and it’s not the money, it’s the challenge, you love it, the buzz of it, winning a game is a fantastic feeling. It’s hard to say no.”

Spurs have had younger, more acclaimed coaches than Harry in recent years, with the likes of Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino, Nuno Espirito Santo and Conte taking over the managerial helm. Hence, a return in a full managerial capacity for him would be a shock, to say the least.

He has been out of job for a long time and his last top-level job was with us… 11 years ago. We can certainly do better than him and it’s not a surprise that he would be open to a return here.

Ryan Mason, who was in charge of the club temporarily when Jose Mourinho was sacked, is touted to be the interim manager once again if Conte walks between now and the end of the season.

Asked if he would want to be on his staff, Redknapp replied:

“Yeah of course, I would love that. With a young manager I often think that they don’t use older figures, but I think there is room for older people to go in with them and work with a young manager, even if it was only for a couple of days a week just to be around. They can bounce ideas off you – I think that’s important. It’s a lonely job and you need all the help you can get.”

We can get way better people for the job than Redknapp. Crystal Palace recently appointed Roy Hodgson, which would come as hope for managers in their late 70s.

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But we have higher aims than the Eagles. We must go for younger, more accomplished managers who are here for the long run. That’s the issue we had with Conte… we need someone committed to a long-term project from day 1.

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