Harry Redknapp is one of the biggest and best-loved characters in English football. From West Ham to Bournemouth, Portsmouth to Tottenham, legions of fans regard him as one of the game's true legends. Signing for West Ham United as a 17-year-old in 1964, Redknapp went on to make 149 top-flight appearances for the club. In 1972 he moved to Bournemouth and played 101 times before returning in 1982 to take up his first coaching role, as asststant manager, stepping up to take the reins as manager after helping the club avoid relegation from the Football League.
A major car accident in 1990 forced him to rethink his career options and, disillusioned with life at Bournemouth, he made the switch to another of his former clubs, West Ham. In an eight-year association with the club he was instrumental in bringing top players like Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and his own nephew Frank Lampard through the youth academy ranks. Redknapp then headed to Portsmouth, gaining promotion in 2003 and keeping them in the top flight the following season. Off the field things were less rosy, and disagreements with owner Milan Mandaric saw him make a controversial move to bitter rivals Southampton in late 2004. This time he was unable to work his magic, and Southampton were relegated from the Premier League for the first time in 27 years.
Harry Redknapp resigned after just a year in the job, courting controversy yet again with a return to Portsmouth. He arrived in the middle of a relegation dogfight, but Portsmouth survived and the followijng season Redknapp led the side to their highest league placing in almost 50 years. Tipped to take the helm at Newcastle United in January 2008, Redknapp instead remained at Portsmouth, steering the club to their first FA Cup victory in 69 yeras with a 1-0 win over Cardiff City.Read More
Despite this success, Harry Redknapp joined Tottenham Hotspur in October 2008, taking over from beleaguered boss Juande Ramos. Within two weeks Spurs were out of the relegation zone, cementing his status as ‘Harry Houdini’, master of the great escape. He has since notched up victories against Liverpool and Manchester City, and led the club to the semi-finals of the Carling Cup. The 2011-2012 season had Tottenham play in the Europa league. They reached the semi-final of the FA cup and managed to finish 4th in the Premier league. Sadly the board of directors for the club felt that a successor was needed for Harry and he was sacked at the end of the season. With the whole country wanting Harry to be the new England manager he took on the role as pundit for “Match of the Day” and gladly accepted the job as Queens Park Rangers manager in November 2012. Sadly Queens Park Rangers under Harry’s guidance could not halt the freefall and were relegated into the championship in 2013. In 2014 QPR were promoted again to the Premiership with Harry receiving lots of praise. In 2015, Harry resigned from QPR, but made a return to management to Birmingham City in 2017 for a few months.
Vastly experienced manager Harry Redknapp has won eight Manager of the Month awards during a lengthy career in the top flight.Read Less
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