Redknapp out so Maradona favoured

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iol spt ca spt - maradona AP FILE PHOTO: Argentinian coach of Al Wasl, Diego Maradona, center, reacts during a match.

London - Harry Redknapp has ruled himself out of the running for the managerial post at Blackburn.

Rovers have been without a manager since Steve Kean resigned to end a troubled reign a month ago and Redknapp was expected to be interviewed this week.

But the 65-year-old former Tottenham boss said: “When we saw the speculation, I asked where it was all coming from, it`s not for me. They've got a good squad, a good support but it's not for me. Blackburn is a good club with great traditions going back many years, with Kenny (Dalglish) going there and winning the Championship, they have a real tradition. It's not something that would be for me.”

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has been evoked as a possible successor to Kean, after his departure from United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl.

Indian-owned Blackburn’s recruitment chief Shebby Singh is said to be eager to land the 52-year-old Maradona’s signature.

Kean was appointed after Blackburn were taken over by Indian poultry giant Venky’s and sacked popular manager Sam Allardyce, outraging fans.

His successor’s 21-month reign was dogged by resentment among supporters, particularly after relegation from the Premier League.


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