Harry Redknapp's risky advice to West Brom and Southampton

Harry Redknapp with Glenn Hoddle at QPR training

The former head coach thinks the Baggies, the Saints and Stoke City should set their priorities away from the Premier League.

Harry Redknapp has offered some risky advice to West Brom, Southampton and Stoke City - advising them to prioritise the FA Cup as they don't have all that much to play for in the top flight, according to the London Evening Standard.

As far as Stoke are concerned, it's perhaps a less risky statement. The Potters certainly aren't in danger and could definitely afford a cup run in that sense. But, even there, Redknapp is off the boil. The top six is exactly what Stoke are aiming for...

He told the Standard: "West Brom, Stoke, Southampton - these sides who aren’t going to get in the top six and aren’t going to go down - should give themselves something to play for."

With West Brom and Southampton, though, Redknapp's advice is rather risky.

He suggests a cup run can work in tandem with a good league run but the Baggies need to stay focused. They are in a safe position now but only recently endured a poor set of results that saw them slip down the Premier League table.

And Southampton's recent struggles are more than enough evidence to justify caution rather than a gung-ho approach in the FA Cup. 

Perhaps the biggest warning sign is the fact Redknapp references Portsmouth winning the cup under his charge. But therein lies the perfect example. The short-term success utilised there had disastrous consequences in the long run. Wigan Athletic can also vouch for that.

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