Harry Redknapp “serious” about becoming Pope as Benedict XVI steps down

Harry Redknapp
Redknapp… PayPal infallibility? (Img: James Boyes)

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp insists he is “serious” about succeeding the outgoing Benedict XVI as Pope.

XVI, outgoing as in departing as opposed to socially confident, announced his shock resignation yesterday at a packed press conference before going outside to sign autographs and pose for pictures with an adoring Vatican faithful.

Speaking exclusively to Football Burp, Redknapp was adamant that reports linking him with the job were not in fact a wind-up, and that he sincerely hopes to land the role despite never having managed anywhere other than in the south of England.

He said: “It’s a fantastic job. I found out about it a couple of weeks ago when they got in touch with my advisers. I am serious about it.

“The Vatican is an up and coming football city, or whatever it is, with some very good young players and some stunning vistas. I will talk to them and see if we can sort something out.

“I’m definitely interested, without a doubt.”

Benedict XVI said: “To be fair to the lad, I think he’s in with a shout. Harry’s been around the block – he’s a man’s man and he makes no apologies.

“At the end of the day, and correct me if I’m wrong…wait, what was I talking about?”

He added: “…….”

XVI also denied that his resignation had anything to do with the botched transfer deadline day move for French striker Hit Le Youth.

The latest odds on next Pope:

Nigel Adkins 3/1, Alan Curbishley 5/1, Mark Hughes 11/2, Paulo Di Canio 15/1, Gerry Francis 25/1, Ruud Gullit 50/1, Steve Wigley 75/1, Ricky Sbragia 75/1, Steve Staunton 100/1, David O’Leary 150/1, Slaven Bilic 175/1