Harry Redknapp has confirmed that he was close to agreeing to become the new manager of the Ukraine national team before Queens Park Rangers approached him to become their new boss and keep them in the Premier League, the
Redknapp left Tottenham Hotspur last summer and the Ukraine appointment would have taken him into direct opposition with England in the World Cup qualifiers. Redknapp was a contender to replace Fabio Capello a year ago, with Roy Hodgson ultimately getting the vacancy, and Redknapp believes England face a tough match when they play Ukraine in Kiev.
“I was going to go, it was 100 per cent, for sure. On the Friday I was going to take the job. I was going to go, we had agreed on everything, Redknapp said. He added:” It’s going to be a difficult game for England in the Ukraine. We had a tight game in the Euros when they could have beaten us.”
England beat Ukraine 1-0 in Euro 2012, a Wayne Rooney goal just after half-time enough to send Hodgson’s side through to the second round of the tournament as group winners above runners-up France, Ukraine and bottom side Sweden.
Redknapp took over at Loftus Road in November 2012, replacing Mark Hughes, who was sacked with the R’s struggling near the foot of the Premier League. QPR had only four points from 12 games when Redknapp took charge and remain in trouble at the bottom, seven points adrift of safety and entrenched in last place.
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