Redknapp's autobiography: 'Bournemouth always had a way of bringing you down to earth' (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Redknapp's autobiography: 'Bournemouth always had a way of bringing you down to earth'
HARRY Redknapp didn’t take long to convince World Cup-winning England captain Bobby Moore that Cherries star Alan Groves was the best winger he had ever clapped eyes on.
“He’s the best I’ve seen, Bob,” Redknapp recalls in his new autobiography, Always Managing, which was released yesterday.
“Oh yeah,” replied Moore. “Is he as good as Dragan Dzajic?”
“He’s better,” Redknapp added, before admitting he’d had a few and simply didn’t want to back down!
Moore watched Groves score two goals one night at Dean Court having been tempted enough by Redknapp’s praise of the winger to come down from London and watch him in action.
Redknapp says in Always Managing: “He was brilliant that night. Scored two goals, beat four players for the first, five players for the second, won the game on his own. ‘You may be right,’ Bobby said afterwards. ‘What a player.’ Redknapp reflects fondly about his time as a player, coach and manager at Dean Court in the autobiography everyone in football is talking about.
Following a spell in America, Redknapp returned to Dorset as a coach under David Webb.
“Dave was a great one for telling doormen ‘Do you know who I am’, reflected Redknapp. “They didn’t always.
“Then Dave would tell them to fetch the manager because he was going to buy the place and give them all the sack.”
After Webb had been sacked himself, chairman Harold Walker asked Redknapp to take the team.
“Suddenly, from being close to unemployed, I was caretaker manager of Bournemouth and we were away to Lincoln City who were top of Division Three at the time.”
Cherries, famously, lost 9-0 that day after Redknapp’s players were forced to wear boots with long studs on a frozen pitch.
“I went out for the warm-up and Lincoln were there wearing boots with little pimples on the soles, running, checking, turning, knocking it about like Brazil. Our centre-half took two steps on to the pitch and went a*** over t**. It would have been funny had I not known what was going to happen next. Stone me we were in trouble that day.
“But I loved Bournemouth. I still do. I turned down good jobs to stay at Bournemouth, too: Aston Villa, Stoke City and even West Ham, the first time.”
Always Managing is a laugh out loud riotous romp through Redknapp’s time on the pitch and on the touchline.
Told with passion, emotion and no shortage of Redknapp’s legendary East End wit, it is simply a must-read for Cherries fans.
- Redknapp remembers how his time in the Dean Court hot-seat had a frequent habit of bringing him back down to earth.
After the 1984 FA Cup win over Manchester United, the then Cherries boss tells in Always Managing how he and his players were locked inside an all-weather council training facility.
“The morning after the Manchester United game, they wanted me on breakfast television,” remembers Redknapp.
“’Can we come down to your training ground?’ one TV crew asked. I told them we didn’t have a training ground. We trained in King’s Park. People used to walk their dogs there and one of the first jobs for the apprentices each morning was to clear the mess so we could play.
“On the Monday after we had beaten Manchester United, the gates to the ochre pitch had been left open so in we went.
“The players were buzzing as you would expect and we had a really good session.
“When we came to leave, though, there was a giant padlock on the gate. The park keeper had come round on his bike and locked us in without saying a word. He was a nightmare to us at the best of times, but this was special.
“We had to scale a 20-foot fence to get out. I had one leg over but couldn’t get the other one across and the frame was swaying in the wind.
“All the lads were laughing. And that was what it was like: Bournemouth always had a way of bringing you down to earth.”
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