HARRY RED­KNAPP FACTFILE

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Born: Po­plar, Lon­don, 1947 (Age 66) Play­ing ca­reer: Af­ter a spell in the Tot­ten­ham youth team, Red­knapp started his pro­fes­sional ca­reer with West Ham, mak­ing his de­but as an 18-year-old winger in 1965.

Hav­ing scored eight goals in 175 games, Red­knapp left Up­ton Park in 1972, join­ing Third Di­vi­sion Bournemouth. Rel­e­gated to the Fourth Di­vi­sion, he moved to Br ent­ford but played just once be­fore join­ing NASL side Seat­tle Sounders as player-coach, mak­ing 24 ap­pear­ances in five years. Man­age­rial ca­reer: Five years in Seat­tle were fol­lowed by a spell as as­sis­tant to Bobby Moore at Non-League side Ox­ford City.

Then, in 1983, Red­knapp was named boss of Bournemouth, help­ing the Cher­ries win pro­mo­tion to the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion and keep­ing them there for two years. Af­ter a spell as as­sis­tant to Billy Bonds at West Ham, he be­came full-time man­ager in 1994, achiev­ing a fifth-place fin­ish in the Pre­mier League in 1998 be­fore be­ing sacked for com­ments made to a fanzine in 2001.

Red­knapp then won pro­mo­tion to the top flight with Portsmouth in 2004 and was r el­e­gated to the Cham­pi­onship with Southamp­ton a year later be­fore re­turn­ing to Frat­ton Park to help Pom­pey avoid the same fate.

Af­ter win­ning the FA Cup in 2008, Red­knapp was ap­pointed Spurs man­ager, achiev­ing three con­sec­u­tive top-five fin­ishes and reach­ing the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Cham­pi­ons League. Sacked in May 2012, he joined QPR but couldn’t pre­vent rel­e­ga­tion to the Cham­pi­onship.

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