World Football Rumors: Is QPR Target Harry Redknapp Headed to Ukraine?

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistNovember 20, 2012

BOLTON, ENGLAND - MAY 02:  Tottenham Hotspur Manager Harry Redknapp looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at the Reebok Stadium on May 2, 2012 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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One of the top free-agent managers out on the market right now is Harry Redknapp, who was let go by Tottenham at the end of last season.

Redknapp may not be out of a job for much longer if he accepts the Ukraine national team job.

The Ukrainian FA is reportedly interested in bringing Redknapp into the national team after Oleg Blokhin left the team to manage Dynamo Kyiv last month.

Redknapp has been in the news for the past month, as Mark Hughes' future as the manager of QPR hangs in the balance with every poor performance the club has.

Redknapp is the favorite to succeed Hughes once he eventually gets sacked, with even former QPR players like Phil Parkes calling for the London club to bring in the 65-year-old to save the club from relegation.

The window of time to replace Hughes with Redknapp looks like it is dwindling with the sudden interest from the Ukrainian national team, who seem to be very serious about bringing in Redknapp.

Currently, Ukraine are in trouble in World Cup Qualifying Group H, as they sit in fifth place with only minnows San Marino behind them in the table.

The four teams ahead of Ukraine in Group H are Montenegro, England, Poland and Moldova.

If the former Spurs boss were to take charge of Ukraine, the first match he will circle on the calendar will be the home match with England on September 10, 2013.

As we all remember, Redknapp wanted the England job earlier in the year but it was given to Roy Hodgson instead.

A match with England at home would give Ukraine a big advantage, as Redknapp has managed a good amount of the current England players in his numerous jobs around England.

The Ukraine job is far from a lock for Redknapp. This is just a report about interest in Redknapp, but if he does take this job, it will a huge task for Redknapp as he looks to rescue Ukraine's World Cup hopes, which right now are on the verge of collapsing.