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Harry Redknapp uncertain about future as Jordan coach


AMMAN, JORDAN - MARCH 24: Jordan’s new coatch Harry Redknapp watches his team palying in his first match during the FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Jordan and Bangladesh on March 24, 2016 in Amman, Jordan. (Photo by Jordan Pix/ Getty Images)

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SYDNEY (AP) Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp remains uncertain about his future with Jordan beyond the team’s World Cup qualifying match against Australia on Tuesday.

Redknapp, who arrived Saturday for Jordan’s must-win match against the Socceroos, said earlier this week that he’d be open to extending his two-match coaching deal with Jordan should the team progress to the next round of Asian qualifying.

Jordan, which beat Bangladesh 8-0 in Redknapp’s first match in charge on Thursday, trails first-place Australia by two points in Group B, but could qualify for the third round as one of the four best runner-up teams in the eight groups.

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Redknapp says he hasn’t discussed his contract with Jordan Football Association president Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, adding “I’ve enjoyed it obviously, but I don’t know about the future.”

“I only came for two games, that was what I did with Prince Ali,” Redknapp added. “I’m (adviser) at (second-tier) Derby at the moment so as soon as I get back from here I go straight to Derby. We play Cardiff away on Saturday, it’s a big game for us. I just want to get a great result from Jordan and go from there.”

Redknapp, who led Tottenham into the Champions League for the first time in 2010 and went on to manage Queens Park Rangers from 2012 to 2015, expects a tough match from Australia on Tuesday. The Socceroos went on a scoring spree of their own on Thursday, beating Tajikistan 7-0.

“It’s got the makings of a real good game,” he said. “We need to win, so we’ve got to be going for it. We’ll have to start well because they’ll be a big crowd, great atmosphere.”