HARRY Redknapp stressed he is not officially involved at Cherries and said: “I just want to help if I can.”

Redknapp, 73, lives on the south coast and has been out of management since leaving Birmingham City in 2017.

The Daily Echo understands caretaker boss Jonathan Woodgate asked Cherries’ board if they would be happy for him to allow Redknapp to observe training last week, having admitted one regret from his time as Middlesbrough boss was "not bringing someone in with that experience, who have been there and done it before".

And Redknapp revealed he was only on hand as a sounding board to Woodgate and not at Cherries in any official capacity.

Clarifying the situation when speaking to talkSPORT, Redknapp said: “Jonathan Woodgate has come in and taken over Bournemouth in temporary charge.

“He rang me up and said, ‘Harry, look, I don’t really know anybody up here, so if I need any insight or advice into the club would you help?’

“And I said, ‘Of course. I’m here for you, not a problem’. And Woody said, ‘well maybe if you come and watch training one day, and we’ll have a cup of tea and a chat’.

“So of course I did. I’ve got nothing else to do!

“If I can help him in any small way, no problem. But officially? No. Not involved.

“I don’t really want to be involved, in all honesty. I just want to help if I can.”

Former Tottenham, West Ham and Portsmouth boss Redknapp played more than 100 games for Cherries and managed them between 1983 and 1992.

He added: “I love the club and I love Woody, so that’s the only interest for me.

“Every year I buy my season tickets for Bournemouth and I take my grandkids. It’s where I go every Saturday to watch football.

“So Jonathan wants to know my opinion on the players and where’s best for them or whatever, so I can help him.”