Redknapp takes advisory role at former club Bournemouth

The 65-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham this summer but has now returned to football to provide his expertise to the League One side
Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has agreed to take an advisory role with League One side Bournemouth.

The 65-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by the north London club this summer, despite leading them to fourth place in the Premier League last term.

But he is now back in football after agreeing to return to Goldsands Stadium to advise a club he once played for and managed.

“I met Harry for a chat this morning and he offered to come in on a voluntary basis,” delighted chairman Eddie Mitchell told the club's official website.

“He still has a passion for the club and for football, and he’s got too much to offer for us to let him slip through our fingers.

“It’s been in my mind for quite some time to get him involved, and the timing seems to be perfect for us to tap into his knowledge.”

Mitchell went on to insist that Redknapp would not step on the toes of manager Paul Groves and his assistant Shaun Brooks.

“Paul and Shaun will still have the final say on all football matters, there’s no doubt about that. They’re very astute people and they’re not above listening to anyone, and I’m sure they can learn from him,” he added.

“They have both worked with him before and I think there’s only person who would be able to get on that coach tomorrow without Paul and Shaun rejecting the idea, and that one person is Harry.”

Redknapp spent four years with the south coast side as a player after leaving West Ham in 1972 and went on to make over 100 appearances.

He subsequently returned as a manager in 1983 and led the club to the Football League Trophy and promotion from the Third Division.