Exclusive: Harry Redknapp Wants To Manage Malta's Football Team
'If they're looking for a manager, I'm here'
Former Premier League manager Harry Redknapp may have his heart set on managing the Maltese football team. The football legend this weekend fell in love with the island and its warm November weather.
Yesterday, during an hour-long interview at Betsson Group's offices with Sky Sports pundit Alan McInally, Redknapp was asked whether he was interested in the England manager job. Redknapp replied light-heartedly: "The England job is gone. I want the Malta job. I'd fancy the Malta job. If they're looking for a manager I'm here."
Speaking to Lovin Malta, Redknapp said he'd only really consider the job if the current manager Pietro Ghedin were to decide to move on.
Redknapp, who is an ambassador of Betsafe, one of the gaming brands owned by Betsson, was speaking during a Food for Thought session, monthly talks where notable speakers impart advice and share experiences with Betsson Group staff.
"The England job is gone. I want the Malta job. I'd fancy the Malta job. If they're looking for a manager I'm here."
His comments are likely to strike a chord in Malta whose performance at an international level has never been worse.
The island's national team currently ranks 176th in the FIFA World Ranking. Currently, countries with better ranking than Malta include South Sudan (167), Myanmar (153), Rwanda (107) and Cyprus (87). Iceland, which has a smaller population than Malta, appears in 27th place.
Last month Malta captain André Schembri highlighted the hopeless situation in a brutally candid interview in which he said a "whole reshuffle" was needed otherwise Malta would keep losing games for another 20 years.
Earlier this month Redknapp made headlines after he accidentally ran over his wife's foot in what he called a freak accident.
Obviously Harry Redknapp does this interview from his car. Obviously. pic.twitter.com/mnzRMfHkxd— Weekend Football (@weekendfootball) October 21, 2016