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Harry Redknapp poised to be new coach of Nigeria’s national team


Harry Redknapp, Former Portsmouth, Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers manager, poises to be named the next national team coach of Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles.

Starsport exclusively revealed that Redknapp has been approached to take over the national side full time.

A source close to the team revealed also he could be named as the next permanent manager within a few days.

The role is widely seen as the biggest job in African football.

Redknapp is largely untested at international level after narrowly missing out on the England job to Roy Hodgson.

Last month Redknapp, 69, finished a two-game deal managing Jordan – reportedly a favour for the country’s FA president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein.

Now Redknapp is free to prepare for Nigeria’s opening African Cup of Nations qualifier in September.

Derby appointed Redknapp as an adviser earlier this year – but the ex-West Ham and QPR boss has said he did not want the job full time.

Redknapp has worked with ex-Nigerian internationals in the past, notably he worked with Kanu Nwankwo and Peter Utaka at Portsmouth. They went on to win FA Cup with Kanu grabbing the winner.

The Super Eagles has appointed Salisu Yusuf as interim manager this week to take charge of two upcoming friendlies against Mali in Paris on May 27 and Luxembourg come June 1.


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