Harry could consider Russia
Redknapp and Capello in the frame for international post
Last Updated: July 10, 2012 7:08pm
Harry Redknapp could be prepared to take over as the new coach of Russia, according to the former Tottenham Hotspur manager's agent.
Redknapp, who was relieved of his duties with Spurs last month, has been named on a 13-man shortlist drawn up by the Russia Football Union (RFU) as it searches for a new boss.
Dick Advocaat stepped down from the post following their elimination from Euro 2012 as they crashed out at the group phase following a shock defeat to Greece in their final fixture.
The 65-year-old Redknapp was hotly tipped for the England job before the Football Association turned to Roy Hodgson, and may be prepared for a surprise new challenge.
His agent, Phil Smith, admitted that the lure of international football could attract the former Portsmouth and West Ham boss, but insisted that no offer had been made as yet.
Smith is quoted as saying by the Russian media: "Would Harry have a problem coming to Russia? No. He's ready to go and live in any country, especially as big as Russia.
"I think such an offer would definitely interest him if it came, but so far, we haven't heard anything about it."
Former England manager Fabio Capello, Pep Guardiola, who stood down as Barcelona boss at the end of last season, ex-Liverpool and Inter Milan manager Rafa Benitez, Italian World Cup winner Marcello Lippi and Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa are also on the list.
And Capello's son Pierfilippo, who also acts as his agent, admitted his father would welcome the opportunity to hold talks with the RFU over the vacancy.
Capello jr told Sovietsky Sport: "I can say that he would be very interested to become Russia's coach.
"My father has always been a great admirer of the Russian team and I know that he would be glad to talk to officials and listen to their proposals."
But two of the Russian candidates for the role, Valery Gazzayev and Valery Nepomnyashchy, have been less than complimentary about their inclusion on the RFU's list.
Former CSKA Moscow boss Gazzayev said: "It's just a circus", while ex-Cameroon coach Nepomnyashchy responded: "My name is on the list? Well, it must be a good joke."