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Cherries: Groves can match Harry's glory says Hughes
MATCHWINNER Richard Hughes is convinced Paul Groves can emulate Harry Redknapp by bringing back the glory days to Goldsands Stadium.
Hughes fired Cherries to their first win under Groves’s permanent charge when he netted a stunning free-kick in the 1-0 victory at Yeovil on Saturday.
Redknapp, who led Cherries to the second tier in 1987 for the only time in their history, was at Huish Park in his role as the club’s new management advisor.
His return had seen Cherries thrust into the national media spotlight on Friday, although Redknapp appeared to have a low-key and watching brief against the Glovers.
Hughes, signed by Redknapp for Portsmouth from Cherries in 2002, told the Daily Echo: “I spoke with him after the game and he said he had been very impressed with the performance.
“He was very complimentary about the type of football we had played but, like everybody else, I am sure he would have sat more comfortably if we had scored a second goal!”
Hughes, coaxed out of retirement by Groves at the start of the season, added: “I know Paul well and know how he works. He is meticulous and it was a no-brainer for me to want to work for him again.
“He has assembled a really good squad and is going about things the right way. The style of football he encourages is the hardest to play because it requires bravery and courage. He has a meticulous plan to develop performances which can take time.
“The past couple of displays have been very heartening considering we are relatively soon into the manager’s reign and, with a little patience and continued hard work, the rewards can be great.
“But words are cheap and, while it is easy for me to know what a good manager he is, continued good performances and results will be all the proof people will need.
“You need to be successful but it is important how you go about achieving it. You need to know what you are doing well and how to recreate it.
“In the first month, we have had more than a glimpse of what lies in store and we just have to recreate it on a consistent basis to ensure we get the results we will deserve along the way. Then, it will be clear to everybody that there is a very good manager at the helm of this football club.”
Groves welcomed Redknapp’s arrival when he said: “Harry is a fantastic football man and it is a pleasure to be in his company. His knowledge is second to none. When somebody like him comes in, he can only bring positivity.”