Redknapp delighted with Jordan as Aussie clash looms

Interim Jordan manager Harry Redknapp has endorsed the playing quality at his disposal ahead a pivotal World Cup qualifier against the Caltex Socceroos next week in Sydney.

Redknapp has taken charge of the Jordanian national team on a two-match basis as they attempt to qualify for the tournament for the first time in their history.

Jordan currently trail the Socceroos by two points in Group B in the second of three phases of Asian qualifying for Russia 2018.

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The former Tottenham, QPR and Portsmouth boss held his first training session with the world no.82 squad on Monday in Amman and said he was pleasantly surprised by Jordan’s standard.

“I slept much better last night having seen them then maybe the day before because I didn’t know how good they would be,” Redknapp told reporters on Tuesday.

“But having watched yesterday I’m very, very pleased with the group.

“I haven’t got a magic wand. I can’t suddenly walk in here and go ‘we’re going to play like Brazil’. It’s down to the players.”

Jordan manager Harry Redknapp

The Socceroos and Jordan are set to meet in Sydney next Tuesday in what will be the final match of the group for both sides.

With both nations playing on Thursday night (the Socceroos against Tajikistan in Adelaide, Jordan at home to Bangladesh) it's set to go down to the wire in the group. 

Should both teams win their respective matches, as is expected, the most likely scenario is that Jordan will still have to beat the Socceroos at Allianz Stadium in order to top the group.

Redknapp said he would consider staying on as manager if Jordan reach the next stage of qualifying, which could also be achieved if they finish as one of the four best runners-up across the eight groups.

“If we can win the games and everyone is happy I would love to come back,” said Redknapp.

“If we don’t beat Bangladesh maybe the Prince [Ali bin al-Hussein] will put me on the plane home.

“We have to make sure we win, at the moment it’s two games but we’ll look to the future after these two games.

“There’s nothing I would like more than to be successful in these games.”