Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp

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  • Famous Player & Manager

After coming through the youth ranks at Upton Park, he signed professional terms as a 17-year-old in 1964 and went on to make 149 top flight appearances.
 
The winger moved on in 1972, bound for Third Division football with AFC Bournemouth. Redknapp spent four years at Dean Court, playing 101 games, before finishing his professional career back in London with a short spell at Brentford. 
 
After a few years out of the game, Redknapp made a return to Bournemouth in September 1982 to become the club’s assistant manager, working alongside Don Megson. 
Megson was sacked in 1984 with the Cherries in trouble near the foot of the Third Division, and Redknapp was handed the chance to cut his managerial teeth. 
 
He announced his retirement at the end of the 1991/92 campaign. He had become disillusioned with the lack of funds and limited resources at his disposal.  
Redknapp didn’t put his feet up for long as Billy Bonds persuaded him to work as his assistant manager at West Ham – ‘H’ had come home. It would be two years before he would get the chance to manage his beloved Hammers in August 1994. 
 
After seven success seasons at West Ham, Harry and his assistant left at the end of the 2000/2001 season, having overseen the emergence of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick.  
Rumours that Redknapp would become Pompey’s manager were finally proved correct on March 25 when he replaced Graham Rix. 
 
Harry took Portsmouth from the bottom of First Divison to promotion and established them as a Premiership side.