( dpa )- Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp was Friday installed as firm favourite to replace Sam Allardyce as Newcastle manager.
Redknapp denied any contact had been made, but his refusal to appear at his customary Friday press conference ahead of Sunday's Premier League match against Sunderland caused bookmakers to reduce the odds on him being appointed to 8-1 on.
"To say a deal has already been done is absolute rubbish," he told The News in Portsmouth. "I couldn't say anything else because that's the situation."
"There has been no approach. All I'm doing is trying to get a couple of players in before the Sunderland game but I haven't got anywhere with that."
"Nobody from Newcastle has contacted me and in any case, that wouldn't be allowed. Nobody has contacted (chief executive) Peter Storrie ."
Allardyce left Newcastle on Wednesday after just 24 games in charge.