Redknapp and Pulis join list of coaches interested in Socceroos job

The list of coaches interested in leading Australia at next year's FIFA World Cup continues to grow with veteran English managers Harry Redknapp and Tony Pulis both throwing their hats in the ring.

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Former Premier League managers Harry Redknapp, left, and Tony Pulis Source: Getty Images

Ange Postecoglou's departure has provoked a torrent of potential successors to come forward, with claims over the last 48 hours that World Cup winner Luiz Felipe Scolari has been sounded out by Football Federation Australia, with Graham Arnold also headhunted by head office.

While neither Redknapp, 70, nor Pulis, 59, have put in official applications they are both open to leading the Socceroos into combat against France, Denmark and Peru in Russia, should an approach be made.

Redknapp, who just missed out to Roy Hodgson for the England job in 2012, was Jordan's caretaker coach as they lost 5-1 to Australia in a World Cup qualifier in October 2015.

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Redknapp was impressed with what he saw from the green and gold, telling The World Game: "The Australian job is a very attractive one and will a top role for somebody to be offered".

"I haven't thought about it much personally and I've made no enquiries but if the FFA wanted to talk to me l'd be more than happy to do so.

"If they are looking for somebody and can't find them then I am here."

Redknapp, whose coaching credits include Southampton, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers, was sacked by Championship club Birmingham City in September after suffering six successive defeats.

He stated at the time that it was unlikely he would return to full-time coaching, but the lure of the World Cup is not lost on him.

"You are going to a World Cup ... what a fantastic opportunity," he said.

"And while Australia are in a tough group against France, Denmark and Peru, anything can happen at a World Cup and they definitely have an opportunity to progress.

"I saw first hand the level of players Australia has and they are technically better than some people might expect. 

"They can shock a few people in Russia, that's for sure."



Pulis, meanwhile, axed by West Bromwich Albion last month, has signaled his interest through his representatives in what would be a first national team assignment for the Premier League survival specialist.

Pulis' previous posts include two stints at Stoke City, and also a rescue mission with Crystal Palace.

He has been linked with the vacant Rangers job and has indicated he wants to return to coaching in the New Year.

Redknapp is not surprised by Australia's link to former Portugal, Chelsea and Brazil boss Scolari.

"That's a pretty good shout because his record speaks for itself," Redknapp said.

"He'd be a big signing for Australia. Why wouldn't they go for big names like him.

"Every coach wants to be at the World Cup, and I'm sure Scolari is no different.



"I think Australia would do any coach proud, they are good athletes and good footballers.

"And they can certainly rise to the occasion in Russia, with a little bit of luck."

Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson is another foreigner to have publicly offered his services whilst Marcelo Bielsa, Jurgen Klinsmann and Bert van Marwijk are also in the mix.


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Published 14 December 2017 at 4:50pm
By Dave Lewis