Redknapp to help out Bournemouth

A love of football has prompted Harry Redknapp to return to the scene of his first managerial job in an advisory capacity.

Out of work since leaving Tottenham Hotspur in the northern summer, the 65-year-old has accepted a voluntary position at League One side AFC Bournemouth.

Redknapp managed the Cherries from 1983 to 1992 before embarking on a high-profile career that took him to West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southampton and Spurs.

But with the Premier League job he craves not currently available, Redknapp has opted to accept an offer from Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell to help out at Dean Court.

He has not signed a contract and will not be paid, citing his passion for the game as the reason behind his return.

"It keeps me involved. I enjoy watching football and tomorrow, if I wasn't playing golf, I'd be sitting around," he told Sky Sports News.

"As it is, I will go and watch them play Yeovil and I am looking forward to it.

"I love football. I'm a football watcher, I have loved it all my life and it is what I do.

"I will stop and watch kids playing football in the park if I'm passing. It takes me 10 minutes to get to Bournemouth's ground and it's a club that is close to me."

Bournemouth is currently 19th in League One, just a point outside the drop zone, the last place in which is occupied by Redknapp's former club Portsmouth.

While at Fratton Park Redknapp was assisted by Paul Groves, who is now the Bournemouth manager, and he is looking forward to their reunion.

"Eddie Mitchell asked if I'd go along and add some experience to Paul Groves, who I think is an outstanding young manager," Redknapp added.

"I've said I can't commit or give any long-term commitment but, in the next month or two, I am only too pleased to go along. I can't play golf every day."

Groves should not worry about Redknapp muscling in, though, with the latter saying: "Paul has been ringing me asking me to go down anyway. I won't be going in the dressing room.

"This is on a voluntary basis. There is no contract or money and I'll go to games when I can, or pop along to training. I love being involved in football and it's a club I have a lot of affection for."

Redknapp lives on the south coast and did so throughout his time with Tottenham, giving an indication of his fondness for the area.

During his first stint with the club he helped it escape relegation from the Football League before masterminding an FA Cup win over Manchester United.

He also won the Third Division title in the 1986-1987 season, but quit after it was relegated to become Billy Bonds' assistant at West Ham.

"Harry 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," Mitchell told Bournemouth's official website.

"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."

Redknapp replaced Bonds as West Ham's full-time manager in 1994 and enjoyed a memorable time in charge, leading the club into Europe.

He then had two spells with Portsmouth either side of a miserable period in charge of Southampton, earning the club promotion to the Premier League and also winning the FA Cup in 2008.

Tottenham lured him to White Hart Lane in the October of that year and he enjoyed a successful time in London, taking it to a League Cup final and also to the UEFA Champions League where it shook some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Such was Redknapp's popularity that it was considered a shock when Roy Hodgson and not he was named as England's new manager and even though Spurs finished in the top four last season, the club took the decision to dispense with Redknapp over the northern summer, replacing him with Andre Vilas-Boas.

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