Harry laughs off Chelsea talk

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Harry Redknapp:Laughed off talk linking him with the vacant manager's job at Chelsea

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has laughed off talk linking him with the vacant manager's job at Chelsea.

Redknapp, who is favourite to succeed Fabio Capello as England boss, has been mentioned as a contender for the Chelsea job following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas over the weekend.

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However, Redknapp has moved to dismiss the speculation that he could take charge at Stamford Bridge.

"It would be difficult; I wouldn't be able to come back to north London so I'd have to pass on that"

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When asked if he would be interested in the Chelsea job, Redknapp said: "That's all I need!

"It would be difficult; I wouldn't be able to come back to north London so I'd have to pass on that.

"But it's a dream job for somebody."

Redknapp rejected suggestions that it was impossible to succeed at Chelsea due to the demands of Blues owner Roman Abramovich.

"Well it's a great job for somebody that's for sure," added Redknapp. "It's a club you can win a championship at because the owner has spared no expense.

"He has built the most incredible training ground, they buy players at the top level, they have got top players so it is a dream job for somebody to go there and make a success of it - whoever they take.

"So many people would love that job and chance to work at a great club with the backing the manager gets there, but you've got to make a success of it. That's the rules.

"If you don't you are not going to last but if you do well the sky's the limit.

"It's a great job for somebody."

Mourinho backing

Jose Mourinho is the bookmakers' favourite to replace Villas-Boas and Redknapp would be happy to see the Real Madrid boss back in the Premier League.

"He was fantastic when he was here, he was a character and he was great at his job," added Redknapp.

"You don't go to Inter Milan and win the Champions League and now look at Real Madrid.

"I thought he was an amazing guy, great personality and you wonder if he would come back here.

"It would be difficult to leave a club like Real Madrid, that's for sure, but who knows Chelsea may be the one club that could tempt him."