Harry Redknapp laughs off Super Eagles rumours

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Veteran English coach Harry Redknapp has laughed off rumours that he could have replaced Gernot Rohr as Nigeria’s national team manager.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is said to have considered approaching Redknapp, who has been jobless since he left English side Birmingham City in 2017.

However, the NFF announced on Tuesday that they had extended Franco-German tactician Gernot Rohr’s contract as Nigeria head coach.

Redknapp has since laughed off the claims, stating that he was looking to sell his house and relocate to Africa with his wife.

“Yeah, well I spoke to Sandra and she’s always wanted to live in Nigeria,” Redknapp told talkSPORT.

“She said it’s amazing that this has come up now, because that was her dream. So we’re looking to sell up, we’re putting the house on the market. We’re looking to get somewhere over there if possible,” he added.

Redknapp believes she would have loved it in the West African country. “She’d absolutely love it. I’m ready to go.”

One of the Englishman’s most trusted players, Peter Crouch, joked on Twitter that he was “excited to get my Nigerian passport” and join up with Redknapp at the Super Eagles.

Speaking seriously, Redknapp then added: “I actually went there a few years ago with Portsmouth, we played Manchester United… but I don’t think I’ll really be going back.”

Redknapp has previously managed AFC Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers in England. The 73-year-old managed the Portsmouth side that won the 2008 FA Cup and guided Tottenham into the UEFA Champions League. He had a short spell as the Jordan national team coach in 2016.

Meanwhile, officials from the NFF have denied the gossip saying Rohr has extended his contract and that hiring Redknapp would ‘return the Super Eagles to the 1980s’.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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