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Russian FA confirms Redknapp, Capello & Guardiola as candidates to replace Advocaat

The ex-Spurs boss is on a 13-man shortlist to fill the vacancy as they look to improve following a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign that saw them fail to reach the knock-out stages

The Russian FA has confirmed that former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is a candidate to replace Dick Advocaat as head coach of the national team.

The 65-year-old, who led Spurs to their first-ever Champions League quarter-finals, was sacked on June 13 as the club let a 10-point advantage over north London rivals Arsenal slip to concede third place and the subsequent qualification to the European competition.

THE RUSSIA SHORTLIST IN FULL
Name
Rafael Benitez
Anatoliy Byshovets
Marcelo Bielsa
Valery Gazzaev
Pep Guardiola
Fabio Capello
Andrei Kobelev
Yuri Krasnozhan
Marcello Lippi
Valery Nepomniaschy
Nikolai Pisarev
Harry Redknapp
Yuri Semin
Age
52
66
56
57
41
66
43
49
64
68
43
65
65

The former West Ham and Portsmouth boss was defiant in his ambition to return to football as soon as possible in the aftermath of his White Hart Lane departure, and has been named on a 13-man shortlist by the Russian FA to replace Adovcaat – who left to take over PSV.

Other names on the shortlist include former England boss Fabio Capello, ex-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and former Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola.

Capello's son, Pierfilippo, revealed on Friday that, while there had not been any contact from the Russian FA about succeeding Advocaat, his father would be interested in working there if he were approached.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was also linked with the post, but the Italian ended all speculation by signing a new five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

A statement from the Russian Football Union read: “The Russian Football Union officially informs that the organisation plans to, in full compliance with the rules of Fifa and Uefa, speak about the appointment of the head coach of the Russian national team, with the following people: Rafael Benitez, Anatoliy Byshovets, Marcelo Bielsa, Valery Gazzaev, Josep Guardiola, Fabio Capello, Andrei Kobelev, Yuri Krasnozhan, Marcello Lippi, Valery Nepomniaschy, Nikolai Pisarev, Harry Redknapp and Yuri Semin."

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