FAMOUS Dorset resident, and former AFC Bournemouth manager, Harry Redknapp, is set to appear in EastEnders.

The King of the Jungle is said to be appearing as himself and could appear alongside Danny Dyer in the Queen Vic.

It’s the latest in a number of TV appearances for the 74-year-old, but just what is it about Redknapp that makes him so popular, or unpopular?

I’M A CELEBRITY… GET ME OUT OF HERE

What better place to start than Redknapp’s victorious stint on I’m a Celebrity?

In 2018, Redknapp was part of a star-studded line-up on the ITV show, and paid a staggering £500,000 for his troubles.

The veteran football manager won over viewers and went on to be crowned King of the Jungle, beating the likes of Anne Hegerty and Nick Knowles.

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And Redknapp had the viewers in tears when he reunited with his beloved wife Sandra.

Redknapp broke down in tears as he said: "I can't help this, it is not like me, I don't normally cry, I'm pretty old school. Are you pleased to see me?"

His wife replied: "I got a bit sad the other day. I got a bit tearful because I missed you."

"It's funny, 54 years and we just don't want to be apart, that's done me up today," Redknapp said.

"I've missed her so much. I love you so much."

THE HOUSES ON THE PENINSULA

In October 2020, Redknapp’s former Sandbanks home was put on the market for a mouth-watering £11million.

Redknapp sold the mock-Tudor home in 2015 for £6.9million after 13 years of living there.

It was bought off of him by millionaire businessman Barry Bester, the founder of Topps Tiles.

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He spent £2.5m gutting and refurbishing the waterfront home.

The tile magnate is now ready to wipe the floor with the property market after listing it for sale for a whopping £11m.

The house, called Harbour Gate, has six bedrooms, a kitchen and breakfast room, dining room, lounge, cinema room, library, indoor swimming pool, gym with sauna and an office.

Redknapp sold the property and moved to the other side of the peninsula, preferring a view out to the channel than one into Poole Harbour.

It is reported that Redknapp bought the new property for £4million.

The home, known as Solaris, enjoys panoramic views across Poole Bay and has a 'striking' glass frontage facing Banks Road.

The property extends to 6,738sqft and has a reception hall, glass staircase, dual-aspect living and dining areas, luxury kitchen and a timber terrace.

There's also a guest suite with balcony, a study and two more bedroom suites alongside the master suite, which features 'his and hers' dressing areas.

HARRY AND FOOTBALL

Redknapp played for Tottenham and West Ham, making 175 appearances for the Hammers. During this time he became good friends with Bobby Moore, the peerless England captain who lifted the World Cup in 1966.

He joined then Division Cherries in 1972, spending four seasons with the club and re-joining in 1982 as assistant manager, becoming manager a year later.

In his first season in charge of Cherries, Redknapp helped the club avoid relegation to the Fourth Division.

He also helped them complete a famous win against Manchester united in the FA Cup.

He led Cherries to the Second Division and spent two seasons there, a feat only matched by Eddie Howe some decades later.

However, after being involved in a road accident which killed then Bournemouth’s managing director Brian Tiler, Redknapp left his role at Cherries.

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The crash occurred in June 1990, when Redknapp went to Italy to watch the 1990 World Cup.

Travelling through Rome, the chauffeur-driven minibus crashed head-on into a car containing three Italian soldiers.

Brian Tiler was sitting in the seat Redknapp would usually occupy and was killed, as were the three soldiers.

Redknapp suffered a fractured skull, a broken nose and cracked ribs. He made a full recovery but lost his sense of smell and gained a facial tic and left Cherries at the end of the 1991-92 season.

HARRY RUNNING OVER HIS WIFE?

Sandra, Redknapp’s wife, was left seriously injured when she was run over by her husban’d Range Rover.

Redknapp had been dropping his wife off in Westbourne in 2016, and didn’t realise she was stuck when he drove away.

He said: “It was just a freak accident you know.

“Sandra went across the road and unfortunately she had gone behind the car to cross over the road and as I went to drive off I drove over her ankle.

“Its lucky, if the full weight of the car had gone over the ankle god knows what would have happened to her. We're ok.

“She had an operation on her ankle that went well.”

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Redknapp divides opinion across Dorset but it undoubtedly one of the county’s most famous residents.

He even bagged his own ITV series in 2020, called Harry Redknapp’s Sandbanks Summer where viewers got an inside look at the star’s life.

 

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