Ukraine want ex-Spurs and West Ham boss for their top job

17:21 20 November 2012

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp. Photo credit: Steve Drew/EMPICS

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp. Photo credit: Steve Drew/EMPICS

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Harry Redknapp has been made the number one target to take over as Ukraine manager.

The Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) revealed in a statement this afternoon that they would seek to begin talks with Redknapp to succeed Oleg Blokhin.

The 65-year-old has been out of work since leaving Tottenham in the summer. He has since turned down an approach from Russia, who subsequently appointed former England boss Fabio Capello.

According to the FFU statement Redknapp’s name was agreed as its first choice - after Andriy Shevchenko turned down the role yesterday - following a recommendation from former Arsenal defender Oleg Luzhny.

“On Tuesday, during a meeting of the Football Federation of Ukraine, the chairman of national teams’ committee and coaches’ council Mikhail Fomenko reported on the situation surrounding the selection of candidates for the position of a head coach,” the statement read.

“During discussions some specialist managers were suggested to be invited from England - Oleg Luzhny and Yury Vernidub mentioned Redknapp’s surname.

“The majority of members of the committee supported this suggestion.

“The presidium made the decision to start negotiations with Redknapp’s representatives concerning his work on the position of the head coach of a national team of Ukraine.”

Ukraine, who are in the same World Cup qualification group as England, have been looking for a new manager after Blokhin resigned to take over at Dynamo Kiev earlier this season.

Shevchenko, 36, turned down the chance to coach his country after claiming any such move would be a “premature step”. That has prompted the FFU to turn their attention to Redknapp.

“In my opinion, Redknapp will have high authority on players of the national team,” Fomenko said.

“He has enough experience being a coach and ability to motivate football players.

“In all teams headed by Redknapp, the quality of game and significant progress had been quickly improved. For today, he is one of the best of British coaches.”

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