Redknapp 'very close' to taking Ukraine job before moving to QPR

The new man in charge at Loftus Road has revealed he was tempted by the role as a national coach and had discussions but changed his mind after Mark Hughes left west London

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has stated that he was on the verge of taking the job as Ukraine coach before agreeing a two-and-a-half year contract at Loftus Road.

The Rs have confirmed the appointment of Redknapp but the former Tottenham coach has admitted he was tempted by the Ukraine role and had discussions about taking the job.

"[I was] very close [to coaching Ukraine]. It was really a job that excited me, I must be honest," he told Sky Sports.

"We met the people there, they were fantastic.

"The job was exciting, it was something that I'd never done in my life before, to go abroad and coach. And it was something that I really was up for.

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"When this job came up, when Mark left the job, it changed everything around.

"Yesterday [Thursday] I was sort of almost on my way to Ukraine. It was something I really fancied doing.

"When we got the phone call saying we'd like to talk to you it changed everything around. But it was an interesting job for sure."

Redknapp will watch his new side from the stands on Saturday afternoon as they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford before taking charge of their next game against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday.