Harry Redknapp has been confirmed as ‘football advisor’ at Derby – and he will manage Jordan for two World Cup qualifiers this month as a favour to a mate.
The former Tottenham, West Ham, Portsmouth, Southampton and QPR boss will assist Rams head coach Darren Wassall, whose position is to be reviewed in the summer.
Jordanian football chief and former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali has also asked Redknapp to take charge of the nation’s home match against Bangladesh and clash with Australia in Sydney.
The 69-year-old will attend the east Midlands derby between the Rams and Nottingham Forest on Saturday before flying straight out to Jordan.
He told The Sun: “It’s going to be a tough couple of weeks, that’s for sure.
“I’m friends with Prince Ali and wanted him to take over from Sepp Blatter. He asked me if I’d manage the team for a couple of matches and I agreed.
“I’ll go to the Forest game and then go straight to London and fly to Jordan. It’s a busy time but I’ve missed the buzz of being involved in football.”
Redknapp takes up his role with Derby with immediate effect.
He told the club’s official website, dcfc.co.uk: ”From the first conversation I had with the chairman it was clear he has exciting plans for the football club. I am delighted to be able to help out and am looking forward to working with Darren and his team.”
Derby have been stuttering in recent months, winning just three Championship games in 2016, but president and chief executive Sam Rush feels having Redknapp on board, with the experience he brings, could give the Rams the edge as they look to win promotion to the Barclays Premier League.
”As we move into the closing stages of the season, we feel that Harry’s know-how will be valuable to us. He brings a high level of awareness and understanding of the Championship promotion race,” said Rush.
Derby are fifth in the Championship, seven points off the pace in the race for automatic promotion but with a three-point advantage over Cardiff, who are just outside the play-off places in seventh.
Redknapp began in management at Bournemouth in 1983. He spent seven years at West Ham before joining Portsmouth, where he had two spells in charge, winning the FA Cup in 2008.
During his time at Tottenham, Redknapp was named the Premier League Manager of the Year for the 2009-10 season and guided Spurs to the Champions League quarter-finals two years later.
As manager of QPR he won promotion to the Premier League via the 2014 play-off final, beating Derby thanks to a last-gasp strike from Bobby Zamora.