Harry Redknapp has declared that he has no interest in taking over as manager for Sunderland now that Dick Advocaat has left the club.
Redknapp, 68, has been without a job since he resigned from Queens Park Rangers in February, but it seems clear that he’s not interested in just taking any job. Sunderland sits in the bottom of the Premier League table together with Newcastle and are still winless after eight games. Dick Advocaat announced on Sunday that he had resigned from the club.
Redknapp didn’t just declare that he wasn’t interested in taking over Sunderland, he also spoke about Sam Allardyce who has been one of the names mentioned for the job.
“No, I’m not into running [for the job],” Redknapp told The Guardian. “I don’t know whether Sam wants it really. Sam is a very confident guy, he’s got a big ego, he’s done a fantastic job wherever he’s been, but Sam will be looking at it thinking: ‘Can I keep these up?’ If he thinks he can’t, he won’t take it.
“He doesn’t want to get relegated with them, because every year they seem to be in the same position and they’ve not recruited very well; they’ve not brought good players in. They’ve spent decent money again but I saw them play at Bournemouth the other day and they were an absolute disaster – wiped the floor with them. They were horrendous.”
Redknapp was pretty blunt in his comments and his thoughts on the team were not the most flattering.
“Whoever takes it has a tough job on their hands. They’re poor at the back, the centre-halves aren’t good enough, they were short everywhere when I saw them the other week. There’s a lot of work to be done there.”