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I do not have a magic wand says Jordan coach Harry Redknapp

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 02:02

Harry Redknapp gave his first news conference since becoming Jordan national team coach as he prepared for the Kingdom's two World Cup qualifiers.

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SHOWS: AMMAN (TUESDAY 22 MARCH, 2016) (REUTERS- ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF THE NEW HEAD COACH OF JORDAN HARRY REDKNAPP AND PRINCE ALI BIN AL HUSSEIN OF JORDAN BEING SEATED FOR THE NEWS CONFERENCE 2. TELEVISION CAMERA 3. FLAG OF JORDAN 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD COACH OF JORDAN HARRY REDKNAPP SAYING : "In football, if I come and we can win the games and everybody is happy with me, I would love to come back but at the moment it is just two games. I think if we don't beat Bangladesh maybe the prince puts me on the plane tomorrow. but we have to make sure that we will win the games and at the moment it is just two games I come for two games." 5. CAMERAMEN TAKING PHOTOS 6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD COACH OF JORDAN HARRY REDKNAPP SAYING : "It comes down to players. The players you know, I haven't got a magic wand I cannot walk in here and suddenly go 'Yeah come on you know we are going to play like Brazil or you know, they can ... If I can help just get another five percent you know from the players that make the difference I would be delighted. But the players, it will be down to the players." 7. VARIOUS OF REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS AT NEWS CONFERENCE 8. VARIOUS OF HEAD COACH OF JORDAN HARRY REDKNAPP AND PRINCE ALI ATTENDING A TRAINING SESSION OF THE TEAM 9. VARIOUS OF THE JORDAN NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING 10. THE TEAM, PRINCE ALI AND HEAD COACH OF JORDAN HARRY REDKNAPP POSING FOR A GROUP PHOTO STORY: The new head coach of Jordan Harry Redknapp expressed his delight at taking charge of the team on Tuesday (March 22) and it is down to the players to work hard if they want to advance to the next stage of World Cup qualification. He stressed that his contract is limited to the final two matches in the second Asian World Cup qualifying round. The 69-year-old Redknapp will combine his mentoring role at second-tier England club Derby with managing Jordan in this month's World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Australia. "In football, if I come and we can win the games and everybody is happy with me, I would love to come back but at the moment it is just two games," said the former Tottenham manager. "I think if we don't beat Bangladesh maybe the prince puts me on the plane tomorrow. But we have to make sure that we will win the games and at the moment it is just two games, I come for two games," he said at the news conference held at the Jordan Football Association (JFA) headquarters, with Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan sitting next to him. Jordan will play Bangladesh in Amman on March 24 and the Socceroos in Sydney five days later. Redknapp said he could not work magic at this late stage but he hoped to give the players some guidance so they could improve in time for the important games. "It comes down to players. The players, you know I haven't got a magic wand I cannot walk in here and suddenly go 'Yeah come on you know we are going to play like Brazil," Redknapp said. "If I can help just get another five percent you know from the players that make the difference I would be delighted. But the players, it will be down to the players." Redknapp has told British media that he had agreed to help out at the request of Jordanian FA chief Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, who lost the FIFA Presidential election to Swiss Gianni Infantino last month. Jordan trail Australia by two points in Group B, in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, with the top two from each group going through to the third round. Redknapp's fellow former QPR manager Ray Wilkins last year led Jordan to the Asian Cup in Australia, where they were eliminated in the group stage.

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I do not have a magic wand says Jordan coach Harry Redknapp

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 02:02