Despite rumours linking him to the job, Harry Redknapp would not be right for Newcastle

Harry Redknapp

Reports suggest Redknapp is being lined up to replace an under-fire Steve McClaren.

With his friend in the role, the 68-year-old has since gone on Twitter to refute the rumours, as reported by Sky Sports. Should a vacancy at St. James’ Park arise, however, Redknapp should not be considered for the role.

A wealth of experience but a loss of passion?

There is no doubt that the Londoner has plenty of experience, with 276 professional games as midfielder and 33 years of management behind him. His highlights in the hot-seat include winning the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008 in his second spell, after guiding them against all odds to the Premier League in 2003 in his first.

The former West Ham United boss also helped Tottenham Hotspur to Champions League football for the first time in their history in 2010 and was strongly linked with the England vacancy that eventually went to Roy Hodgson in 2012.

Redknapp’s last role was in charge of Queens Park Rangers, which saw his side relegated in 2013 before rebounding instantly via the play offs in 2014. He left the role in February 2015 with Rangers bottom of the Premier League table, the sight of his dour face in the dug-out the butt of social media jokes almost weekly.

Although it was said he could not give 100% to the job due to imminent knee surgery, as covered by BBC Sport, to those on the outside looking in, it seemed Redknapp had lost both the drive and passion to carry on in management, something he has since denied. He has now become a pundit with BT Sport.

With Newcastle in a similar relegation battle to QPR last year, Redknapp could not be trusted to lead the North-East club to safety, given his stint at Loftus Road.

Unsuited to Tyneside

Should a vacancy appear on Tyneside and Redknapp was appointed, he would be nearing 69 years old.

Not since the fondly remembered Sir Bobby Robson, at 66, have Newcastle appointed a manager in their sixties. But Sir Bobby was born and bred in County Durham; the fire still burned inside him for his hometown club even at his age. He understood the city and the club's fans and it was key to making him a success.

Redknapp, on the other, hand has managed seven clubs in total since his taking charge of Bournemouth in 1983. None of these sides have been outside of southern England.

An unwritten divide certainly exists between the north and south of England when it comes to Premier League football. It would be a tall order for anyone with Redknapp’s history to grasp the footballing culture of the north, especially the uniqueness of Newcastle United, after so spending long in the south.

It’s also worth noting that in January 2008, Redknapp was offered the job at Newcastle following the sacking of Sam Allardyce and turned it down. To fans, the decision to decline the offer spoke volumes about his perception of The Magpies, a club whose fortunes have only declined further since then.

Until there is a vacancy, the club must back McClaren

The rumours of Redknapp being earmarked for the role will do no favours for current boss Steve McClaren.

The pair worked together at QPR and have huge respect for one another. Redknapp came out this week to throw his support behind the former England boss, tweeting: “They’ve got a great manager in Steve … I’ve worked with him, he’s excellent … I’m sure he’ll get it right.”

Right now, Newcastle United Football Club need to stay focused on the task at hand, namely the arrival of Liverpool on Saturday. With the gap between safety and relegation widening each week, The Toon must start to pick up points as soon as possible.

With only two league wins in 14 outings, it is right to question the suitability of McClaren to the role, but replacing him with Harry Redknapp would not be the answer Newcastle are looking for.

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