ABOVE: Harry Redknapp is a target for Everton
We hope he stays with us but we are concerned we could lose Harry because of the club’s relegation.
A QPR source
QPR boss Harry Redknapp is back in the frame as a surprise contender for the Everton manager’s job.
He was quoted at short odds a week ago to replace David Moyes, who is now in the Manchester United hot seat.
But Redknapp disappeared off the radar, with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright whittling down a 30-strong list of contenders to just three.
It is reported Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, Salzburg sporting director Ralf Rangnick and Porto boss Vitor Pereira are the hat-trick of choices.
Redknapp cannot be ruled out at this late stage, though, with Kenwright ready to announce the new Goodison manager tomorrow.
The QPR boss has had close links with Kenwright for a number of years and the chance to stay in the Premier League after the Hoops’ relegation would appeal.
A QPR club source revealed: “We hope he stays with us but we are concerned we could lose Harry because of the club’s relegation.”
Kenwright is understood to have been completely “blown away” by Rangnick when they met in London on Thursday.
He had the same feeling when he first talked to Moyes 11 years ago before appointing him as Goodison boss.
Martinez looks to be in the driving seat after a second interview but Kenwright is fully aware of murmurings among the faithful about his Premier League credentials.
Redknapp, though, would tick all the boxes for the Blues.
Brighton, meanwhile, are reported to be ready to move for free agent Phil Neville after his Everton contract finished last month.
But Neville is looking for a role nearer home and would be interested if new Manchester United boss and former manager David Moyes came in for him.