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Redknapp set for Rovers talks
HARRY Redknapp is due to meet Blackburn Rovers today to discuss the Ewood Park managerial vacancy – but Venky’s would have to offer him a lucrative package to stand any chance of landing him.
The former Tottenham boss will conclude Rovers’ interview process, after Rovers’ Premier League winner Henning Berg met with officials last night, as the end to their month-long manager-ial search looms ever nearer.
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is also understood to still be high up on Rovers’ shortlist but an official approach is only likely to be put in for him if they decide he is their man.
Managing director Derek Shaw is believed to be a big admirer of Holloway but global advisor Singh was determined to interview the other contenders before making a decision.
Singh had always favoured the idea of moving for a young and up coming manager, ideally with a Rovers connection, but Redknapp’s recent interest in the post has attracted his attention.
Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson and MK Dons boss Karl Robinson are understood to no longer be in the running, with Redknapp, Berg and Holloway now believed to be the three frontrunners.
As revealed exclusively in the Lancashire Telegraph on Thursday, Redknapp has wanted to discuss the job with the club and is expected to get his way today.
The man who was the favourite to be the England boss just six months ago – before Roy Hodgson was surprisingly appointed – is likely to put Singh and co through their paces and will want a number of assuran-ces before considering the position.
Redknapp is likely to want a significant transfer kitty for the January transfer win-dow to bolster Rovers’ squad for a Premier League push, with the prospect of moving north also a hurdle that would have to be to overcome.
Any deal for Redknapp would be ex-pected to be heavily loaded with bonuses for success on the field.
Rovers have already had approaches tur-ned down to speak to Fulham coach Billy McKinlay and Tottenham’s Tim Sherwood, with sections of supporters growing increasingly frustrated at the delay in replacing Steve Kean.
Singh last night stated an appointment would be made by the middle of this week and, with interviews coming to an end today, remains hopeful the search will be at an end within the next couple of days.
Since Redknapp’s interest was made known last week, large numbers of Rovers fans have grown increasingly excited by the prospect of the 65-year-old, with many believeing experience is the route to needed to secure an instant top flight return.
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