The allure of Dubai’s famed lifestyle and challenge of getting football “up and running” there would tempt iconic ex-Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp to end his latest reluctant retirement.
Redknapp declared last month, “I doubt very much whether it will happen again now” when quizzed on his future in the dugout following a dismissal by the Championship’s Birmingham City.
A disappointing end to a colourful 34-year coaching career now appears likely after previously claiming the FA Cup with underdogs Portsmouth nine years ago, guiding Spurs to the 2010/11’s UEFA Champions League’s quarter-finals and stunning holders Manchester United in the 1982/83 FA Cup when in charge of then fourth-division Bournemouth.
Redknapp was close to sealing a job in the UAE with – the now defunct – Al Ahli in 2010. Talk of interest in the vacant Scotland post emerged in the last week, but it is the chance of enjoying a swansong in the Arabian Gulf League that seems enticing to the 70-year-old.
“I’d love to come and work in Dubai, as well,” Sport360° were told by Redknapp, who is taking part in Thursday’s star-studded ‘Swing Against Cancer’ Golf Series finale at Jumeirah Golf Estates which is organised by Sixteen10 and Worldwide Golf.
“I love Dubai, me and my wife absolutely love Dubai. I nearly came a few years ago, but that is somewhere I wouldn’t mind coming to work.
“It would be no hardship to come and live in Dubai. I am a big horse racing fan, big fan of Godolphin.
“I would love to go there and work, getting it up and running. I could enjoy working with the players there.
“It would be a fantastic place to come and work and improve the football there.”
Redknapp was an interested observer as Spurs blew Liverpool away with an electric 4-1 triumph on Sunday. This result has put them five points behind rampant Premier League leaders Manchester City and level on points with second-placed Manchester United, the team they travel to on Saturday.
The 2009/10 Premier League Manager of the Year believes a “defining week” lies ahead for United after their limp 2-1 defeat at promoted Huddersfield Town.
He said: “They [Spurs] are a strong team and probably the biggest challengers to Manchester City this season for the title.
“Manchester United at home need to win that game [against Spurs] if they are going to keep a challenge up this year.
“It could be defining week for them. If Man City get another win, then the gap starts to widen.”
2003 Rugby World Cup champion Mike Tindall of England and 2005 US Open winner Michael Campbell will join the ex-Jordan boss at the event, which also includes a Q&A session, gala dinner plus a charity auction.
Redknapp admitted the New Zealand golfer had nothing to fear from him on the course in Dubai.
He replied: “I don’t get on the green that often, I tend to lose my ball in the rough before I reach the greens.
“I love golf, I enjoy it. I’m not particularly good, I started playing too late to be a decent player.”
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Ronald Koeman has left Everton after 16 months in charge at Goodison Park.
— Everton (@Everton) October 23, 2017
Harry Kane capitalised on another defensive horror show from Liverpool by scoring twice for Tottenham in a ruthless 4-1 victory.
Dejan Lovren was substituted after just 31 minutes at Wembley, but he was not the only one guilty of kamikaze defending, with Simon Mignolet and Joel Matip both major contributors to Spurs’ goal flurry.
Kane and Son Heung-min took full advantage with an early double before Mohamed Salah pulled one back for Liverpool. Dele Alli and Kane, however, struck either side of half-time to put the result beyond doubt.
“He’s coming for me, he’s coming for meeeeeee, @harrykane he’s coming for me! #260” – Premier League all-time leading goalscorer Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) thinks he may one day lose his record to compatriot Kane.
Any number of tottenham’s attacking stars were worthy of the man of the match tag this afternoon, but Alli edges it.
The 21-year-old was playing slightly out of position from the start, but still got plenty of the ball, tucked away the third goal with a well-taken volley and pulled off an audacious nutmeg on Emre Can in the closing stages.
Dele Alli’s game by numbers vs. Liverpool:
100% tackles won
3 fouls suffered
2 chances created
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 22, 2017
Tottenham have struggled for goals and points since their temporary shift to Wembley, but Kane’s early effort on four minutes set the tone against Liverpool.
The England forward finished well but was gifted the chance to open the scoring through downright poor defending.
That pattern would continue as the visitors played a hand in all of the goals they shipped on a bad day at the office.
Kane’s maiden Premier League strike at Wembley came after a run of 13 league goals all scored away from home.
Tottenham: Hugo Lloris 7 (out of 10), Kieran Trippier 7, Toby Alderweireld 7, Davinson Sanchez 7, Jan Vertonghen 7, Serge Aurier 6, Harry Winks 7, Christian Eriksen 8, Dele Alli 8, Son Heung-min 8, Harry Kane 8. Subs: Moussa Sissoko (for Son, 69) 6, Eric Dier (for Eriksen, 80) 5, Fernando Llorente (for Kane, 87), 5.
Liverpool: Simon Mignolet 5, Joe Gomes 6, Joel Matip 4, Dejan Lovren 3, Alberto Moreno 6, Jordan Henderson 6, James Milner 5, Emre Can 6, Mohamed Salah 7, Philippe Coutinho 6, Roberto Firmino 5. Subs: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Lovren, 31) 6, Daniel Sturridge (for Firmino, 76) 5.
Tottenham v West Ham (Carabao Cup, October 25)
Liverpool v Huddersfield (Premier League, October 28)
Harry Kane’s scoring record for Tottenham and England in 2017:
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 22, 2017