Harry Redknapp yesterday told Jordan’s players only their best shot would do as the English coach took over as interim manager for two upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Australia.
“It’s a tough task for these two matches,” said the 69-year-old former West Ham and Tottenham boss in his first job as a national manager.
Jordan are second in their Asia zone second round qualifying group just two points adrift of leaders Australia who they play at the Sydney football stadium on March 29 after tackling Bangladesh at home on Thursday.
Jordan need to finish either first or as one of the best second placed teams and will still face a final qualifying round of ten teams split into two groups of five and a potential play off after that.
South Korea and Qatar are the first two Asia zone teams through to the final qualifying round.
“I don’t underestimate anybody, we have to beat Bangladesh first, then play Australia. The players have to focus, if they don’t, then you find yourself in trouble. Application must be the same for the two games,” he said.
“Do I think we will reach the finals? I hope so,” said an upbeat Redknapp.
“We will try everything in our power to do that. We will give everything we have to do that. So you can’t do any more, you can only do your best and I will be doing my best and if the players do their best we have a good chance.
“My message to the players, give everything they have in these two games,” insisted the Londoner.
“I am very proud to accept this chance to come and manage the Jordan national team, I met the Prince (Ali bin al-Hussein) in London and when I was asked to do it, I had no hesitation in accepting the offer to come here.”
The straight talking Redknapp, known for his charming man-management, also took the time to boost his new charges.
“I am very, very pleased with the group. They look like great guys, good professionals, very, very dedicated to do well.”