Former Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has joked that he would be open to a return to Fratton Park as the club searches for a successor to Kenny Jackett, during an interview with TalkSport.
Jackett exited the South Coast club not long after their Papa John’s Trophy Final defeat to Salford City at the weekend, leaving the League One promotion hopefuls looking for a new man to take over at the helm.
Redknapp of course is a name that will hold many fond memories for Pompey fans as he previously took the club to the top flight and eventual FA Cup glory in 2008 across two separate spells in charge of the third tier side.
When asked if he would open to a third stint at Portsmouth, Redknapp responded in truly comical fashion:
“I’m ready – I’m getting bored!
“I’ll walk up there tomorrow for nothing. I’ll do the job for nothing.
“It’ll keep me busy and get me out of the house… anything! Although I can’t do it until Cheltenham is over!”
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Pompey currently sit seventh in the league standings, just two points off the play-off places with a tough trip to fellow promotion hopefuls Peterborough sure to present a tough test for the squad tonight.
This is clearly a tongue and cheek remark made by Harry as I don’t think he is even contemplating a return to management anytime soon.
The search for Jackett’s successor may go for some time as it’s an appointment that the Pompey hierarchy must get right if they are to revive their hopes of getting promoted via the play-offs this term.
I was at the final on the weekend and I have to say I was shocked at how demotivated the players seemed, so perhaps a change at the top has been needed for quite some time.
It will be intriguing to see which route they go down, with expectations set to be as high as ever when the new man takes over the role in the coming weeks.