Could 'Arry be the next manager of Russia?
Could Harry Redknapp soon be rolling down his car window to discuss the Russian national manager role? He's on the Russian Football Union's shortlist.
After been surprisingly shown the door by Tottenham Hotspur last month, speculation has been rampant over Redknapp's next managerial destination, with early reports linking the 65-year-old to a big-money move to a club in Qatar.
However, the Russian Football Union - which was actively courting Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini prior to his contract extension yesterday - has released its shortlist of prospective managers to replace Dick Advocaat. Despite a disappointing Euro 2012 group exit, the Dutchman was already primed to leave his post and join PSV Eindhoven.
The RFU statement on their shortlist reads as follows: "The Russian Football Union has officially informed that the organisation plans to consult, in full compliance with the rules of Fifa and Uefa, the appointment of the head coach of Russian national team, with the following experts:
"Rafael Benitez, Anatoliy Byshovets, Marcelo Bielsa, Valery Gazzaev, Josep Guardiola, Fabio Capello, Andrei Kobelev, Yuri Krasnozhan, Marcello Lippi, Valery Nepomnyashchy, Nikolai Pisarev, Harry Redknapp, Yuri Semin."
While we admittedly are not aware of some of the Eastern European bosses on the list, we doubt 'Arry will have to worry about former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola prematurely calling an end to his year-long sabbatical for the job.