Having recently been hired by Central Coast Mariners as an expert ‘football consultant’, Harry Redknapp’s first order of business was to get the A-League club’s name wrong while discussing his new job role on the radio.
Redknapp has been brought in as a consultant to help revive the Mariners’ fortunes after the side finished bottom of the league this season with just three wins from 27 games.
Appearing for a natter on TalkSPORT, Redknapp was asked just which Australian side he’d be working for, to which he replied:
It’s the South Coast Mariners. I met the owner, he’s a great guy, an English guy.
Peter Storrie’s involved and they’ve got an English coach as well. They asked me if I would do a bit as an advisor.
According to the Mariners’ website, Redknapp has been hired on a part-time basis to assist the coaches and staff, and to bolster the club commercially by “connecting them with his ties abroad”.
Owner Mike Charlesworth also said that Redknapp would be visiting the Mariners’ base in Gosford, New South Wales “on at least two occasions during the season” – an itinerary that Redknapp seemed staunchly at odds with:
No, no, I won’t be going. It’s a long way. Thirty-odd hours on a plane. I came home the other week and it took me a week to recover.
It’s a long way but it’s a fantastic country when you get there.
This can only go well.