Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp would reportedly consider managing MLS outfit New York Red Bulls should the opportunity present itself.
The future of current manager Hans Backe, who is in the final year of a 3-year deal, remains uncertain following the arrival of new general manager Jerome de Bontin.
“Out of respect, Harry wouldn’t express an interest in any position while someone else is currently in the job,” a source close to the situation revealed.
Redknapp has yet to be officially approached for the aforementioned position, but it is believed that he would consider it after praising the Red Bull Arena during Spurs’ visit from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in 2010.
With that said, some — including myself — find it hard to believe that it would be in Redknapp’s best interest to manage an MLS club.
Managing the Red Bulls following a very successful stint at Tottenham Hotspur would surely be a move in the wrong direction for the out-of-work Englishman.
Now then, are there any upcoming managerial vacancies in the English Premier League?
Let’s start with bottom-of-the-table Queens Park Rangers, who have notched just two points from their first six league matches of the 2012-13 Premier League campaign.
QPR manager Mark Hughes, formerly of Blackburn Rovers, Fulham and Manchester City, has been under fire after the Super Hoops’ dismal start to the new season, and rightfully so.
However, the club’s chairman Tony Fernandes publicly backed Hughes earlier this week, despite Queens Park Rangers’ poor early-season form.
“Mark will sort it out. Look at his record. We would have won if we didn’t go down to 10,” Fernandes tweeted. “I am relaxed and confident. Let’s get all our players back and in form and fit and then let’s see. Keep calm. Six games does not make a season. I have learnt from many wise chairman.”
Although you can probably take Fernandes’ public backing with a pinch of salt, it appears that the Queens Park Rangers position is occupied, at least for the time being.
Harry Redknapp is 2/1 to become the next manager of Queens Park Rangers.
In addition, managerial vacancies could open up at the likes of Aston Villa, Norwich City, Reading and Southampton before the end of the 2012-13 season.
Queens Park Rangers will be looking to reverse their current form when they visit The Hawthorns on 6 October.
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