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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Ukraine interested in Redknapp

ESPN staff

The Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) have made Harry Redknapp their number one target to take charge of the national team after being turned down by Andriy Shevchenko.

Former Ukraine international Shevchenko, 36, was the FFU's first choice to fill the void left by Oleg Blokhin's departure for Dynamo Kiev in September. However, the ex-Chelsea man rejected the chance on Monday, believing himself to lack the required experience.

FFU chiefs met on Tuesday to discuss new targets and Redknapp, 65, emerged as the overwhelming favourite. Steps have now been taken to contact the former Tottenham manager.

A statement on the FFU official website read: "The praesidium took the decision to begin talks with Redknapp's representatives relating to him working in the post of chief coach of the national Ukraine team."

Redknapp's agent, Paul Stretford of Triple Sports and Entertainment Group, has revealed that contact has been made. It is understood Redknapp is willing to listen to an offer.

"I can confirm that we have been approached by the Ukrainian FA who are keen to talk to us about the possibility of Harry becoming the next manager of the national team,'' Stretford said.

Redknapp, who was sacked by Spurs in June, has made it clear he is eager for a return to management and has recently been linked with the Queens Park Rangers job. He was appointed by Bournemouth in a special advisory role earlier this season.

Managerless Ukraine are struggling in their attempt to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, sitting fifth in Group Eight with just two points from three games.

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