Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has concluded plans to join Australian club Central Coast Mariners as a consultant, bringing an end to speculation linking him to the Super Eagles job.
The 69-year-old Englishman recently cut his teeth in international football with Jordan, overseeing an 8-0 win over Bangladesh and a 5-1 loss to Australia in Sydney.
Redknapp’s decision to opt for the Australian job comes in the wake of rumours that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was set to name him the long-term Eagles manager.
There have been reports in the British press that the former Portsmouth manager was in line to grab the Eagles job, overseeing the country’s Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign after their failure to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon 2017) in Gabon.
London tabloid Daily Stars claimed Redknapp was approached to take over reins of power, with a source close to the team revealing he could be named as the next permanent manager within a few days.
He is largely untested at international level after narrowly missing out on the England job to Roy Hodgson.
Former assistant coach Salisu Yusuf presently acts as interim head of the team, with the mandate to take charge of two upcoming friendlies against Mali in Paris on May 27 and Luxembourg on June 1.