Laura Jones looks at Harry’s return to the Championship.
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Football odd-job man Harry Redknapp is back in business and he’s picked up a few pieces of work since we last saw him at QPR in February last year.
Last week he signed up to be manager of the Jordanian national team and also as a football advisor to Championship promotion contenders Derby County.
So what will Old Harry be up to in his new ventures?
Firstly, he has been employed by Fifa presidential failure Prince Ali Al Hussein, President of the Jordan Football Association, to preside over their next two World Cup qualifiers.
The Asian qualifying games against Bangladesh and Australia will be played at the end of this month. These are important games for Jordan as they have a real chance of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia for the first time. They are currently two points behind group leaders Australia and Redknapp has been brought in because of his experience although he doesn’t have international experience.
Back in British waters, Harry is dipping his toe back into the Championship acting an advisor to Darren Wassall after his unexpected promotion following Paul Clements dismissal.
According to Sky Sports, Harry is there to offer a “second opinion” to the Derby County manager in their promotion push. The Rams currently sit in fifth position and their win against Nottingham Forest on Saturday keeps them in line for a play-off place.
Harry told The Daily Express that he’ll “be doing a few days a week to assist with the coaching and I’ll be someone the manager can bounce ideas off.”
Redknapp has made it very clear what he won’t be doing for his consultancy fee in the midlands. He won’t be making any signings for the club even though there is still time to make use of the emergency loan system that closes on 24th March.
Harry isn’t a fan of people from above signing players on behalf of the manager. He’s previously called the Director of Football role a “nonsense” and reiterated that “it’s all very well someone recommending players to you but when they don’t work out, it’s your head on the block.”
Redknapp also won’t be providing matchday advice to Wassall. Harry will be ensconced in the director’s box having dispensed his advice during the week. Cushy job when you think about it, it’s a no-lose situation. If Derby are promoted, he’ll be able to take his share of the credit for nine games work and if they don’t he can say he wasn’t all that involved.
Reading between the lines of what Harry will and won’t be doing in his advisory role it’s quite telling that he told the press: “I will not be manager of Derby County this season.”
Two little words that will have the tone a bailiff for the current Derby manager. If the Rams do get promoted from the Championship this season, then they will be elevated to the Premier League and given their slice of the exorbitant TV rights deal.
It’s a tempting deal for Harry to be on the periphery of that kind of lucrative venture. Think how many Christopher Sambas he could buy for that kind of money but for THIS SEASON he will lend his name to Derby and Jordan and wait to see who will buy his services next season.
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