With the dust having barely settled on Harry Redknapp's decision to call it a day in the hot seat at Queens Park Rangers, the man with Football coursing through his veins seems to already be considering his next move. After resigning his post by informing chairman and majority shareholder Tony Fernandes that he required immediate knee surgery only last week, it seems that the former West Ham and Spurs' boss already has one or two potential alternatives in mind for his next venture, suggesting that a peaceful retirement is not in his current thoughts.

One of the intriguing options that seems to be on the table for the 67-year-old, would be for him to join a consortium of similarly-minded individuals in order to get back into football that way. Already, he has been linked with a group that seem to be interested in buying a stake in a club, that is located not too far away from his Dorset home.

Speaking on Sportsweek on BBC Radio 5, he reasserted that would indeed be something that might interest him in future, having discussed the options with a few people already. However, nothing seems to have been finalised as of yet, as he suggested that "at the moment it's not gone that far."

Another interesting rumour that has been mentioned in the time since he quit at QPR, is the possibility for Mike Ashley to being him in next summer at Newcastle United, although that would depend on whether Redknapp wants to commit himself full-time to another big job.

Redknapp's immediate concern though will be to sort his troublesome knee out and to follow the advice from his specialist on the necessary rehab afterwards, before he will be able to put his weight behind any future direction for his career in football.

He would not be the first ex-player or manager to go down the consortium route to gain an interest in a football club, as a number of the ex-Manchester United staff did just that last year.

Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, joined with businessman Peter Lim to invest in Evo-Stik Division One North side Salford City.

With Redknapp now out of the picture at QPR, the temporary duo of Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey took charge for yesterday's Premier League match at home to Southampton, while negotiations are ongoing to bring in a new man on a permanent basis.

The 'stand-ins' almost gained an invaluable point for the relegation-threatened side, but suffered an agonising 1-0 defeat instead, when the South coast club snatched a late winner through Sadio Mane in injury time.