Mike Ashley targets Harry Redknapp as the chop looms for Steve McClaren

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Newcastle United are reportedly interested in securing the services of Harry Redknapp in a desperate plea to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

Recently axed Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also in the frame but the Mirror has touted Redknapp as a more viable solution.

The Magpies were humbled 5-1 by Crystal Palace on Saturday - led by former employee Alan Pardew – and owner Mike Ashley is now expected to shortlist candidates to replace Steve McClaren behind the scenes.


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Newcastle have recorded just two victories all season and a change now is imperative to give the club a much-needed boost.

Redknapp has been out of work since February when he unexpectedly left QPR – citing a knee problem which required immediate surgery. He has since returned to punditry with BT Sport and naturally, he has been linked with various positions, but the task at St James’ will certainly put his managerial prowess to the limit.

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The former Bournemouth boss will have the unenviable task of picking up the dressing room as club legend Alan Shearer believes the current squad are not up for the fight.

On Saturday's Match of the Day the pundit said: “You cannot coach players who do not want to be coached, who are not good enough. They have got too many Monday-to-Friday players: good in training, don’t want to perform on a Saturday.”

If the 68-year-old was to pip Rodgers to the post, it’s unlikely that he’ll be given funds as Ashley spent generously in the summer. A character of Redknapp’s elk might not take too kindly to this as he is often laced with riches to mould a squad of his own.

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His time at Tottenham, QPR and two spells at Portsmouth saw him spend on new talent, but it will be far more stimulating to see how he adjusts to the current Newcastle side.

Given his age and recent health concerns, Ashley may be swayed to look elsewhere, but Redknapp’s experience and know-how should work in his favour.

Newcastle are currently 19th in the table with ten points as they welcome Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to St James’ on Sunday.

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