'It's a joke': How Harry Redknapp described working under a director of football in 2014

According to reports, Redknapp could be about to take on the role himself.

Harry Redknapp is set for a shock return to football at Derby County, according to the Telegraph.

The report claims that Redknapp is in talks to become the Rams director of football, and could be appointed within the next 24 hours.

It's a move which is especially surprising, considering the 69-year-old's comments about that particular role in the past.

Commenting on Spurs' poor start to the 2014-15 campaign, Redknapp, whose 2008 arrival at White Hart Lane prompted the departure of director of football Damien Comolli, told the London Evening Standard: "I’ve never been in favour of them or wanted to work under one."

He added: "It totally undermines your role as manager if you're not picking the players. It's a joke really that you are expected to work with someone else's players. It's all very well someone recommending players to you but when they don't work out, it's your head on the block."

"I'm just not in favour of that. As a manager I have to select the players, train them every day and make decisions. To expect me to work with players someone else has decided I want is a nonsense. I want to make my own decisions and rightfully so. If things don't work out fine, I'm responsible for that. But why should I be accountable for someone else's mistakes?

"My head's on the block when it goes wrong so no I'm not going to support something that could cost me my job and I have no say in it."

Redknapp was promoted from the Championship as Queens Park Rangers manager two years ago, beating Derby, ironically, in the play-off final at Wembley.

And his experience could prove useful in the Rams' quest for promotion this season, after they handed former academy director Darren Wassall his first managerial role in February.

The 47-year-old replaced Paul Clement at the iPro Stadium, after the East Midlands outfit, who are fifth with nine games remaining, lost their grip on the division's top two.

According to the Telegraph, Redknapp, who's been out of work since leaving QPR in 2015, was keen to hold talks with Newcastle United prior to Rafa Benitez's appointment as manager on Friday.

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