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Odds offered on Redknapp/Vialli GAA careers

Bookmakers were last night offering odds on Harry Redknapp taking up a managerial post in the GAA. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Marie Louise McConville

BOOKMAKERS were last night offering odds on former Premier League managers Harry Redknapp and Gianluca Vialli taking charge of GAA championship teams following a taster of the game in a new mini-series.

BoyleSports offered 4/1 on either man leading a side in the senior club football championship this year after the pair embark on a new management venture for 'The Toughest Rivalry.

The AIB series will see them pitted against each other in the dugout for a rematch of the All-Ireland club semi-final of 1998 between Castlehaven of Cork and Dublin's Erin's Isle.

Redknapp, who will take charge of Castlehaven for the show, is 8/1 to don the bainisteoir's bib on the sidelines for the same side in a championship game in 2018, while Vialli is 8/1 to do the same for Erin's Isle.

The weekly series is to be broadcast this summer.

The former Premier League managers will have input into training and preparation, whilst being exposed to the important role the GAA club plays in community life and the intense competition and rivalry generated every time a jersey is worn.

Lawrence Lyons, from BoyleSports, said: "You won't see many stranger things than Harry Redknapp in a bainisteoir's bib, but we've had a few bet requests that the ex-Hammers boss will get the bug and take to the sidelines in a championship game".

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