Harry Redknapp responds when asked about Newcastle talks, analyses McClaren's situation

Harry Redknapp has played down talk of a move to Newcastle.

Harry Redknapp has told TV3 in Ireland, as quoted by Four Four Two, that he hasn't held talks about a move to become Newcastle United manager.

The Magpies are currently deciding the future of manager Steve McClaren, after Saturday's terrible 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth, which left them 19th in the Premier League table.

Newcastle currently lie one point adrift of safety, and after five defeats in the last six games, it seems almost inevitable that beleaguered boss McClaren will lose his job as the Magpies desperately attempt to avoid relegation to the Championship.

The Telegraph reported earlier this week that McClaren could go before Monday's game against Leicester City, and potential replacements have been sounded out.

It was suggested that Harry Redknapp, who has been out of management since leaving Queens Park Rangers in February 2015, was keen to hold talks with the Magpies about taking the job on a short-term basis until the end of the season.

Now, Redknapp has told TV3 in Ireland, as quoted by Four Four Two, that he hasn't had talks with Newcastle about replacing McClaren, who he worked alongside at Queens Park Rangers.

Redknapp also admitted that he likes McClaren but thinks the Newcastle boss desperately needs a win soon, and isn't ruling out a return to management himself, even though he isn't keen on moving abroad to restart his managerial career.

"No, I've never spoken to anybody at Newcastle," said Redknapp. "Steve's still in a job. I like Steve McClaren. I've worked with Steve, he's an excellent coach, manager, whatever, but he needs a result quickly. But I've never spoken to them."

"I was getting on the plane today from Southampton, and everybody thought I was heading to Newcastle. I was heading to Dublin. If something came along that was interesting, I would. Most of the offers I'm getting at the moment are from far off places in the world where I don't feel like travelling to at the moment," he added.

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