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Mike Ashley offered Harry Redknapp daily private jet to become Newcastle manager

Famously regularly touted with the England role on numerous occasions, Harry Redknapp has now revealed he was also offered a role in the Newcastle United hot-seat

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Harry Redknapp has claimed he was once offered the Newcastle job by former owner Mike Ashley – who promised to fly him from his Bournemouth home to the Tyneside training base every morning.

Ashley’s 14-year tenure in charge of the Magpies came to an end at the beginning of this month after he sold the club to the Saudi Public Investment Fund – making Newcastle the richest outfit in world football.

The news sparked wild celebrations from the St James Park faithful, who are delighted Ashley’s reign as owner is over – a fanbase once void of any optimism can now dream of attracting the biggest players.

However, according to former TottenhamHotspur and West Ham boss Redknapp – Newcastle has always been an attractive proposition, particularly when they were offering free private flights.



Harry Redknapp’s last managerial post came at Birmingham City in 2017
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Writing in The Sun, Redknapp shed light on Ashley’s remarkable invitation: “At the time I was Portsmouth boss when Paul Kemsley, a close mate of Mike Ashley’s, got in touch.

Newcastle were looking for a new manager – it was after Sam Allardyce – and Mike wanted to know if I was interested… and obviously I wanted to hear what they had to say.

“What they told me was very, very tempting, too. Not least because, regardless of the flat they’d have got me, they were prepared to lay on a private plane from Bournemouth airport at 7am every morning.









“Then, about five o’clock, they would fly me back home if I didn’t want to stay up, so I could still live down here if I wanted to.”

Redknapp did concede the offer gave him serious food for thought and was very close to accepting due to Newcastle’s stature.

“I must admit, I gave it really serious consideration and at one stage it was very much, ‘Why not?’







“It’s such a massive club, with a massive fan base, and has always had massive potential.”

However, upon further consideration as to how it would have looked flying up and down the country every day, he declined.

“But the more I thought of it, the more I didn’t think it could work,” Redknapp explained.

HAVE YOUR SAY! Was Redknapp right to turn down Ashley’s offer? Comment below.



News of Newcastle United’s takeover sparked wild celebrations from the St James Park faithful
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“As soon as we lost a few, the Geordies would be going off their heads at me flying up and down the country each day.

“I really didn’t fancy the prospect of that, so in the end I said no… but there’s no doubt I was really swayed for a time, because it really is a fantastic club.”

Newcastle’s takeover has come with speculation over the future of current boss Steve Bruce, but it has been confirmed he will be in the dug-out for Sunday’s visit of Tottenham.


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