Wednesday 26 June 2019

Up for the match: Redknapp and Vialli switch codes

Ex-Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli. Picture: Sportsfile
Ex-Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli. Picture: Sportsfile

Max Ryan

Harry Redknapp has made a surprise return to management to coach West Cork Gaelic football team Castlehaven GAA.

Speaking on talkSPORT's 'Breakfast Show' yesterday, the former Birmingham boss revealed he has taken the reins at Castlehaven for a documentary called 'The Toughest Rivalry.'

And Redknapp is not the only famous former soccer manager stepping out of his comfort zone: ex-Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli will be in the opposing dugout with Finglas outfit Erin's Isle.

"I'm in Ireland," he told host Alan Brazil. "I've been managing a Gaelic football team.

"I'm filming a documentary where I'm managing one team and Gianluca Vialli is managing the other team."

The former Spurs and West Ham manager has prior involvement with London GAA, having spent time with their manager and former QPR youth coach Ciarán Deely. Redknapp was full of praise for Castlehaven and its inhabitants.

"It's a beautiful part of the world with great people," he said. "I've really enjoyed myself."

Irish Independent

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