Soccer

Blackburn eye Redknapp

2012-10-30 14:34
Harry Redknapp (AFP)

London - Blackburn Rovers are eyeing Harry Redknapp and Diego Maradona to take over from Steve Kean in the manager's chair, after he quit his post last month, a number of British newspapers claimed on Tuesday.

Former Tottenham boss Redknapp, 65, has most frequently been linked to the vacant position at Ewood Park and was said to be meeting officials at the second-tier Championship side, the reports said.

Argentina legend Maradona, though, has also been evoked as a possible successor to Kean, after his departure from United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl.

Indian-owned Blackburn's recruitment chief Shebby Singh is said to favour 52-year-old Maradona's appointment while executive director Derek Shaw is said to prefer Redknapp.

An announcement is expected this week.

Kean was appointed after Blackburn was taken over by Indian poultry giant Venky's and sacked popular manager Sam Allardyce, outraging fans.

His successor's 21-month reign was dogged by resentment among supporters, particularly after relegation from the top flight English Premier League. He resigned in September, describing his position as "untenable".

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