Redknapp agrees to coach Jordan national team as a favour to Prince Ali.
Harry Redknapp has added a second string to his bow by agreeing to manage the Jordan national team for two World Cup qualifiers – at the same time as starting his mentoring role at Derby County.
Redknapp has agreed to coach Jordan for their qualifiers against Bangladesh and Australia later this month, as a favour to FIFA presidential election loser Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.
The 69-year-old former Spurs manager takes on the role at the same time as he begins his mentoring role to Darren Wassall at Derby.
He will help Wassall prepare for the Midlands derby at home to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, before flying out to the Middle East to join Jordan.
“It’s going to be a tough couple of weeks, that’s for sure,” Redknapp told The Sun.
“I’m friends with Prince Ali and wanted him to take over from Sepp Blatter. He asked me if I’d manage the team for a couple of matches, and I agreed.
“I’ll go to the Forest game and then go straight to London and fly to Jordan. It’s a busy time but I’ve missed the buzz of being involved in football.”
Prince Ali is head of the Jordanian FA, but lost the FIFA presidential election to Gianni Infantino last month.
Jordan play Bangladesh in Amman on March 24 and Australia in Sydney five days later.
Redknapp has agreed to help Derby until the end of the season as the fifth-placed club chase promotion to the Premier League.
He is friends with the club’s chairman Mel Morris and said: “Mel’s a good man and Derby’s a fantastic club which deserves to be in the Premier League with its fans and set-up. It’s going to be exciting.”