I’m not director of football – Redknapp

17 Mar

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp led QPR to a play-off final win over Derby in 2014

Former Tottenham and West Ham boss Harry Redknapp says he will not be signing players for Derby County.

The 69-year-old was appointed as a football advisor by the Championship promotion hopefuls on Wednesday.

Redknapp, who has been out of football since leaving QPR in February 2015, will work with Rams head coach Darren Wassall until the end of the season.

“I’m not director of football. I won’t be bringing any players in, I won’t be making any signings,” he said.

“I’ll sit in the stand. I’m not going to run down to the dug-out or have a hotline to the touch line.”

The emergency loan window for Football League clubs closes on Thursday, 24 March and Redknapp is a renowned wheeler-dealer in the transfer market.

But he insisted he was merely at the club to offer Wassall a second opinion when he needs it.

The Rams are currently fifth in the Championship, seven points outside the automatic promotion places.

Redknapp, who has also agreed to manage Jordan for their next two World Cup qualifiers, is confident the club have the team in place to earn promotion to the Premier League this season.

“They’ve got an excellent group of players. It is a group that should be getting promoted,” he told BBC Radio Derby.

“The chairman has invested big. Everything they have wanted they have been given and now it’s time for them to give something back.”


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