Russia with love?

  • Last Updated: July 10 2012, 21:24 BST

Harry Redknapp could be prepared to take over as the new coach of Russia, according to the former Tottenham manager's agent.

  • Harry Redknapp: Could be interested in Russia job
  • Fabio Capello: Also linked with Russia role 

Redknapp, who was relieved of his duties with Spurs last month, has been named on a 13-man shortlist drawn up by the Russia Football Union (RFU) as it searches for a new boss.

The RFU statement read: "The Russian Football Union has officially informed that the organisation plans to consult, in full compliance with the rules of FIFA and UEFA, the appointment of the head coach of Russian national team, with the following experts: Rafael Benitez, Anatoliy Byshovets, Marcelo Bielsa, Valery Gazzaev, Josep Guardiola, Fabio Capello, Andrei Kobelev, Yuri Krasnozhan, Marcello Lippi, Valery Nepomnyashchy, Nikolai Pisarev, Harry Redknapp, Yuri Semin."

Dick Advocaat stepped down from the post following their elimination from Euro 2012 as they crashed out at the group phase following a shock defeat to Greece in their final fixture.

The 65-year-old Redknapp was hotly tipped for the England job before the Football Association turned to Roy Hodgson, and may be prepared for a surprise new challenge.

His agent, Phil Smith, admitted that the lure of international football could attract the former Portsmouth and West Ham boss, but insisted that no offer had been made as yet.

Smith is quoted as saying by the Russian media: "Would Harry have a problem coming to Russia? No. He's ready to go and live in any country, especially as big as Russia.

"I think such an offer would definitely interest him if it came, but so far, we haven't heard anything about it."

Former England manager Fabio Capello's son Pierfilippo, who also acts as his agent, admitted his father would welcome the opportunity to hold talks with the RFU over the vacancy.

Capello jr told Sovietsky Sport: "I can say that he would be very interested to become Russia's coach.

"My father has always been a great admirer of the Russian team and I know that he would be glad to talk to officials and listen to their proposals."

But two of the Russian candidates for the role, Gazzayev and Nepomnyashchy, have been less than complimentary about their inclusion on the RFU's list.

Former CSKA Moscow boss Gazzayev said: "It's just a circus", while ex-Cameroon coach Nepomnyashchy responded: "My name is on the list? Well, it must be a good joke."