Redknapp jumped ship at QPR yesterday, however he has made it clear that he has no immediate plans to retire from football management, raising speculation that he could make a return to Villa Park at some point.
Redknapp’s future at Loftus Road has been the subject of much speculation, however this came to an end yesterday when the QPR manager announced his departure, however he has made it clear that this is down to health reasons alone and he is looking to return to management as soon as possible.
“I was totally honest with the QPR chairman,” Redknapp said.
“I told him that he needed somebody who would commit to every aspect of the job over the next ten weeks, and that is not me.
“I still don’t think that I’m finished with football. When I’ve had the operations, I will be looking for work again, I know that. I cannot imagine my life without it but right now, I’ve got to make health the priority. I can’t even walk the dogs. I can’t stand there watching the team play and I am struggling.
“It has reached a point where I can’t ignore it any longer. It isn’t a decision that I’ve taken lightly. I have thought about it a few times this season, but always decided to give it a last go. The past week has been the tipping point. I can barely move and I am not enjoying life. I need to get this done as quickly as I can and try to move on.”
When Redknapp makes his return we expect him to receive plenty of offers from the Premier League clubs. Indeed, some bookies such as Coral have cut his odds for managing in the top flight once again from 2/1 to 6/4, Aston Villa being his most likely appointment followed by Newcastle at 8/1 and Leicester at 10/1.
All odds were correct at time of posting.