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Redknapp: I'm doing Cherries job in return for a half-time cuppa
RETURNING hero Harry Redknapp insists he is relishing the chance to help Cherries – and all he wants in return is a cup of tea.
Redknapp last night expressed his affection for Cherries after making a sensational return – more than 20 years after he departed Dean Court.
The former Tottenham Hotspur manager has not been directly involved in the game since his exit from White Hart Lane this summer.
But Cherries yesterday confirmed he had accepted an invitation from chairman Eddie Mitchell to take up a voluntary non-contract advisory role.
Redknapp will travel with the squad for this afternoon’s League One clash at Yeovil Town (3pm), but he confirmed he had no intention of going in the dugout or dressing room.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, Redknapp said: “They have got a good manager and a good coaching staff.
“If I can just weigh in with little bits here and there, and if they want to ask my opinion, I am only too pleased.
“It is not a financial thing in any shape or form. If they give me a cup of tea at half-time in the boardroom, I would be delighted. That is all I want out of it.
“This is home for me, this is where I live. I spent nearly 10 years here as manager so I love the club.
“It is not a case of me coming in for any reason other than Eddie asked me if I could just give them a little bit of a hand if I can, where I can. I will do that.”
Widely regarded as one of the country’s leading managers, Redknapp achieved legendary status when he guided Cherries to the Division Three title in 1987.
He added: “I think the team play some great football and just think they have been unlucky with their results so far, from what I have seen.
“I know Paul Groves well and think he is an excellent football man.
“He worked for me at Portsmouth and did a great job, and so did Shaun Brooks. I know Dennis Rofe very well and he is a great character and knows his football.
“I said to Eddie if he wanted me to help out a little bit here and there, I would do it, but I can’t be there every week or every day.
“I will enjoy going to watch a bit of training some mornings and having a cup of tea with the boys – it keeps my hand in.
“I will watch the game, have a cup of tea with the boys after and have a little chat about it.
“If I can help in any way, I will, because I have got a lot of time for the football club.”