Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp this weekend celebrates 25 years in football management. Redknapp was 36 years old when he took over from Don Megson at Third Division outfit Bournemouth. Since then, his own unique brand of management has been seen at West Ham, Southampton and Portsmouth (twice). We celebrate some of the finest moments of ‘Arry’s quarter of a century in football management.
1. Winning the FA Cup
His FA Cup triumph with Portsmouth earlier this year was surely Redknapp’s finest hour. They may have been clear favourites in the final against Cardiff, but it was their quarter-final victory over Manchester United which put Pompey in clear contention for the trophy.
2. Guiding a large proportion of the current England squad into the Premier League
During his time at West Ham, Redknapp oversaw the development of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick. That is a significant amount of international players for what was a mid-table side to produce.
3. Knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup with Bournemouth
Redknapp caused one of the FA Cup’s greatest ever shocks when Bournemouth knocked Manchester United out in the third round in his first season in charge. The Cherries won the match 2-0 with Redknapp declaring: “We don’t get many days like this in Bournemouth.”
4. Winning the trophy formerly known as Associate Members Cup
‘Arry’s first glimpse of managerial silverware was what is currently known as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. This too came in Redknapp’s first career in management. Bournemouth beat Hull City 2-1 in the final.
5. Winning promotion with Bournemouth
Redknapp spurred his Bournemouth side to promotion out of the old Third Division in 1987 as they won the title with a club record 97 points.
6. Coming out of corruption scandal smelling of roses
His arrest over corruption allegations threatened to tarnish Redknapp’s reputation, but a charismatic performance to the media all but put the matter to bed.
7. Avoiding relegation with Portsmouth
Redknapp returned to manage Portsmouth in December 2005 charged with helping Alain Perrin’s relegation strugglers to beat the drop.An unforgettable run in the final 10 games of the season ensured that Pompey stayed in the top-flight.
8. Winning promotion with Portsmouth
In March 2002, Redknapp inherited an indifferent Pompey side from Graham Rix. Just 14 months later and they had raced to promotion to the Premier League, and won the title with a game to spare.
9. The infamous training ground interview
10. Drawing AC Milan in the UEFA Cup
On his last European outing, Redknapp’s West Ham side underperformed. He now has an excellent opportunity to write another chapter in his successful career as he takes Portsmouth into the UEFA Cup group stages. The clash with AC Milan is undoubtedly the pick of Pompey’s matches.