Harry is one of the most popular characters in British football, and one of the Premier League’s top, and longest-serving, managers.
He was born in London’s East End in 1947 and started his footballing career with West Ham United in 1965. He then moved to Bournemouth in 1972 and finished off his playing career at Brentford.
Redknapp has also represented his country England at international level having been capped by the team at youth level what is now England Under-19 side when he was 17. He was in the side that won the 1964 UEFA Youth Tournament which England won 4–0 by beating Spain in the final.
He began his management career with a spell as player-assistant manager of North American Soccer League side Seattle Sounders from 1976 to 1979. During his time with Seattle, Redknapp made 24 appearances, helping the side to second place in the Pacific Conference, Western Division in his first season as player coach and then to 3rd place in the Pacific Conference, Western Division for the 1977 season, taking them to the final of the Soccer Bowl before losing to Pelé’s New York Cosmos.
He later to up the managing position at Bournemouth in 1983. In 1992, he returned to West Ham United as assistant manager with Billy Bonds, before taking over in 1994 where he maintained mid table respectability every year in charge.
He later managed the Hammers, Portsmouth (twice) and Southampton, capturing the FA Cup with Pompey in 2008. In the autumn of 2008, Tottenham paid Portsmouth a £5-million transfer fee to bring him to White Hart Lane, where he has become idolised by the fans and hugely respected by his peers.
Harry has been tipped to be a future England International manager, his humour sometimes hides the fact that he has a deep knowledge of football tactics matched by few managers in the country.
A forthright and a very amusing and entertaining speaker who is passionate about the game, Harry Redknapp has much to say about the good and not so good in top-flight professional football and is generally regarded as being one of the best sporting speakers in the country.