Date: 16th December 2019 at 4:56pm
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Harry Redknapp is not in line for a return to West Ham, according to Claret & Hugh.

The ex-Hammers boss had been touted as a potential caretaker option should Manuel Pellegrini be shown the exit in east London, as per Football Insider, but it is understood that he is not in contention for a shock comeback.

Speaking to Claret & Hugh, as club source said: “That really is very amusing.

“No it’s not going to happen and to add, his name has never been mentioned for precisely that reason.”

OPINION

It doesn’t get much blunter than this now, does it? To be fair, it would always have come as a huge shock had Redknapp returned, and it’s probably for the best that his rumour has been put to bed. No offence to the 72-year-old, who is still held in high esteem by many fans after his spell as manager from 1994-2001, but the Irons need to be looking forward, not back. Redknapp has been out of a job ever since he left Birmingham City back in 2017, and while he may still have the man-management skills to succeed, it does feel as if his career is substantially on the wane. Following Saturday’s win over Southampton, Pellegrini may well still hang on to his job at the London Stadium, but even if things do take a turn for the worst and he ends up packing his bags, there are surely better, more progressive, less risky choices that the Irons could make than going back to Redknapp.