More Redknapp claims denied

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 18th October 2013

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has become the latest member of the footballing fraternity to question the validity of Harry Redknapp's new autobiography.

Already this week both Billy Bonds - speaking in an exclusive Podcast interview with KUMB.com - and former club captain Julian Dicks have dismissed sections of the former West Ham manager's new book as having little in common with actual events.

And now Rodgers has denied claims by Redknapp that he was set to follow him into the England set-up, should Redknapp be offered the managerial post (which eventually went instead to current incumbant Roy Hodgson).

Speaking in his book, which was recently serialised by the Daily Mail, Redknapp insisted: "If I had become the England manager I would have taken Brendan Rodgers as my No 2. He was up for it.

"If I got the job, he said, he would speak to the people at Swansea to get their permission. But it didn't work out."

However Rodgers himself paints a distinctly different picture. Speaking to ITV Sport, he said: "That April, when I was manager at Swansea, Harry had asked me after the game when we played.

"It was a unique conversation because he was obviously very confident - as was the nation - he was going to be offered the national team job. It was a quick conversation. I was aware he was very keen for me to team up with him if he was given the role.

"But there was no decision either way. Out of the respect I have for Harry I was going to consider it."

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