Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has no regrets about turning down Newcastle - and he insists Alan Shearer is the right man to save their season now.
Redknapp was in the frame to replace Sam Allardyce at St James' Park at the start of last year but stayed at Portsmouth to be closer to his family, with Kevin Keegan eventually appointed.
"No, I don't regret it but Newcastle is a great club," Redknapp said. "You only have to look at the support they get and the atmosphere the fans generate."
He added: "They have got themselves in a bit of hole this season but I think they will get out of it. I think they have three home games that could save their season."
Redknapp feels Shearer is the right man to get them out of trouble after slipping two points adrift of safety. Their next task is a trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday.
"It was a fantastic appointment," Redknapp said. "They couldn't have picked anyone better than Alan Shearer - he was the one person who could get the place a massive lift like he has.
"He has fantastic knowledge of the game and what he achieved in the game makes him one of the all-time great players. If anyone can pull Newcastle around Alan is the man to do it."
Shearer has been thrown in at the deep end - but Redknapp feels he can cope despite it being his first job in management.
"If you look at Liverpool when they took Kenny Dalglish, what a job he did there," Redknapp said. "He came straight out of playing into managing. When you have that type of knowledge that Alan has got it is not a problem."
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