Dinner date decided Redknapp to reject Newcastle manager's job

Harry Redknapp has revealed just how close he came to accepting the Newcastle manager's job.

Harry Redknapp has revealed just how close he came to accepting the Newcastle manager's job.

Newcastle offered Redknapp a job in January but he stayed at Portsmouth and was appointed Tottenham boss two months ago.

"I was absolutely nailed on to go at one time, I had really made up my mind to go," Redknapp said.

"On the Friday night I was going to go.

"I went out with my wife and Frank Lampard Senior and his wife Pat for dinner, and I sat down and we had a chat. I just decided I was happy where I was at the time."

Turning down the Newcastle job led to accusations that Redknapp was not ambitious - something that spurred him on.

"When the Spurs job came, I thought 'I've turned it down once' and had heard people say I didn't want to take a challenge on and didn't want to manage a big club," Redknapp said.

"That irritates you because I've always taken on challenges at struggling clubs.

"I thought, 'Well, this is my last chance to manage a big club', so I had to take it.

"I have always taken challenges on. Who else would be stupid enough to leave Portsmouth for Southampton and then go back again?"

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