According to leading bookmaker Bet Victor, Harry Redknapp is now 8-1 second-favourite to succeed Rodgers at Anfield.
Redknapp is definitely a shock candidate, but this is not the first time he's been linked with the Liverpool job. In 2010, the Reds allegedly pursued him to replace Rafa Benitez, and at the time, Sky Sports reported:
"Liverpool are planning a shock move for Harry Redknapp. The Spurs boss has emerged as a leading contender for the Reds hierarchy as they aim to bring stability back to Merseyside".
In hindsight, Redknapp probably would've been a better option than Roy Hodgson, but whether he'd have lasted any longer is debatable.
As for the possibility of replacing Rodgers - forget it. Jamie Redknapp will undoubtedly approve (!), but I suspect that the majority of Liverpool fans will never accept Redknapp as a long-term option. For a start, like Guus Hiddink, Redknapp is too old; and when it comes to tactical acumen (especially in Europe), it's doubtful that he's a significant upgrade on Rodgers.
Steven Gerrard would probably approve of the deal - after all, when Benitez left, LFC's captain pushed hard for an English manager, with Alan Curbishley reportedly his preferred choice, so it's reasonable to assume that he'd push for Redknapp, too.
One LFC player who'd welcome Redknapp with open arms is Glen Johnson. In a recent interview, Johnson hailed his former boss for 'rescuing' him from Chelsea, and helping his development as a young player. He also slammed reports that Redknapp could be the next Premier League manager to lose his job:
“It’s not nice to see anyone lose their job. He [Redknapp] been a fantastic manager for years and if someone is going to get them [QPR] out of trouble, it will be him. I don’t know what sacking him would achieve.”
I really like Redknapp - he's a straight-talking, down-to-earth, no-BS kind of guy, with great man-management skills, and renowned ability in the transfer market. Ten years ago, he would've been a decent option, but time waits for no man, and Redknapp's time has passed.
Never gets old ;-)
Author: Jaimie K