Redknapp: No contact from Magpies

Harry Redknapp insists he has not been in touch with Newcastle amid reports he is being targeted as a replacement for under-pressure manager Steve McClaren.

The Magpies have endured a disappointing start under McClaren, who was appointed to the helm during the off-season, winning just two of their opening 14 games in the Premier League.

McClaren had hoped his side was turning the corner after they beat Bournemouth 1-0 on November 7, which followed on from a goalless draw with Stoke.

But the Tynesiders are deep in relegation trouble again after heavy defeats to Leicester and Crystal Palace left them two points adrift of safety in 19th place.

Redknapp, though, feels McClaren has the capacity to turn the club's fortunes around and denied being contacted by Toon bosses to take over from his compatriot.

"Not heard anything about Newcastle," the former QPR boss wrote on Twitter. "They've got a great manager in Steve.

"I've worked with him, he's excellent. I'm sure he'll get it right."