Harry Redknapp reveals he would ‘love’ Tottenham return should Antonio Conte be sacked
Harry Redknapp has revealed he would be keen on making a shock return to Tottenham should the club sack Antonio Conte as expected.
Conte is set to leave Spurs before the end of the international break, with senior players believing the Italian will not be in charge when they travel to face Everton on April 3 after the international break.
It remains to be seen whether Daniel Levy will push to appoint a new permanent boss mid-season, with it more likely that Ryan Mason takes over as caretaker manager for the final ten matches of the campaign.
Redknapp was in charge at White Hart Lane for almost four years before his departure in the summer of 2012, but seeing the likes of Roy Hodgson and Neil Warnock return to management, with Crystal Palace and Huddersfield respectively, has got the 76-year-old considering his own future after six years out of work.
“If someone asks you, I think it would be hard to say no, I’ll be truthful,” he told talkSPORT when asked if he would be open to taking a job at Tottenham. “When you love it, you do find it hard to say no, as Roy and Neil would agree.”
On whether Levy had been in contact, he added: “No definitely not, that has not happened.
“But you look at what you’re doing now, sitting around, having a game of golf, and it’s not the money, it’s the challenge, you love it, the buzz of it, winning a game is a fantastic feeling. It’s hard to say no.”
Mason is strong favourite to have a second spell in interim charge of Spurs, having previously done so following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho in April 2021. His second match in the role was a Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.
Redknapp believes he could play a useful role as part of a wider team supporting Mason should the 31-year-old be given the nod until the end of the season.
“Yeah of course, I would love that,” Redknapp said.
“With a young manager I often think that they don’t use older figures, but I think there is room for older people to go in with them and work with a young manager, even if it was only for a couple of days a week just to be around. They can bounce ideas off you – I think that’s important.
“It’s a difficult job and when you’re young it’s important to have someone experienced there with you. It’s a lonely job and you need all the help you can get.”