Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth
2014/2015 English Premier League
Previous Clubs: AFC Bournemouth, West Ham United, Southampton, Portsmouth, Tottenham
Honours: FA Cup: 2008; First Division: 2003; Third Division: 1987; InterToto Cup: 1999
While some regard Harry Redknapp as the archetypal affable Cockney with an alchemist's touch in unearthing players of quality, others see him as an East End barrow-boy with a scattergun approach to transfers whose hit-and-miss career has been marked by moments of controversy.
Born in Poplar, east London, Redknapp the player began his career with West Ham United; he progressed through the youth system to eventually make 149 appearances with the Hammers. In 1972, the winger moved to Third Division outfit AFC Bournemouth where he spent four years playing 101 games. A short spell back in London with Brentford was followed in 1976 by three years in the United States where his playing days wound-down with the North American Soccer League's Seattle Sounders.
After a stint as assistant coach of the Sounders, Redknapp returned to Bournemouth in September 1982 to become the club's assistant manager. By 1984 he was in sole charge of the Cherries and, as he wheeled and dealed, the club won the Third Division title in 1986-87. However, a tragic car accident in Italy during the 1990 World Cup, which killed five people, found a seriously-injured Redknapp increasingly disillusioned with the game. After returning from a forced period of convalescence he eventually quit Bournemouth at the end of the 1991-92 season.
He returned to football and West Ham, joining his old club as assistant manager. By 1994 he was the boss of the club he signed professional playing terms with as a 17-year-old back in 1964. After three seasons of stabilisation and mid-table finishes the fruits of Harry's labours were about to be born as he unearthed gems like Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and nephew Frank Lampard.
The Hammers finished eighth in 1998, then fifth in 1999 thereby qualifying for the InterToto Cup, a competition they won resulting in a UEFA Cup campaign the following season, although it had a negative impact on the club's league performances and Redknapp was asked to leave at the end of the 2000-01 season.
In summer 2001, Redknapp 'moved upstairs' becoming Director of Football at First Division Portsmouth, but he eventually returned to the dugout replacing Graham Rix as Pompey manager in March 2002. Backed by chairman Milan Mandaric's millions, Redknapp moulded a squad of youth and experience and was named the League Managers' Association's Manager of the Year after guiding Portsmouth to the Premiership.
Redknapp worked wonders as he kept Pompey in the top flight, but a storm was looming as Mandaric sought to remove Jim Smith as Redknapp's assistant and replace him with Velimir Zajec as Director of Football. Redknapp balked at the idea and eventually resigned in November 2004. The Pompey fans were devastated to lose the man who brought success, but disappointment turned to fury as Redknapp reneged on a promise not to join hated south coast rivals Southampton. However, the move was ill-fated and Redknapp failed to prevent Saints' relegation from the Premiership, before rejoining Pompey again.
Redknapp picked up the nickname 'Harry Houdini' as he spared Pompey from the drop in 2006 and then went about rebuilding the side, which resulted in a top ten finish in the 2006-07 season. Allegations of corruption marred Redknapp's career on the south coast, but they could not take the shine off his greatest triumph: winning the 2008 FA Cup final over Cardiff, to bring his first major title and Pompey's first FA Cup win in 69 years.
After a mixed start to the 2008-09 season, Redknapp chose to leave Portsmouth in late October and replace Juande Ramos as the man in charge of Tottenham Hotspur. Bottom of the league and winless when he arrived, Spurs presented the chance that Redknapp has always longed for -- the opportunity to manage a genuine big club -- and he turned their season around, eventually finishing eighth and losing in the final of the Carling Cup.
He worked wonders again the following season as, building on his success, he led Spurs to the Champions League for the first time in their history. Although was unable to repeat the feat the following year as Chelsea won the competition and kept them out of the running and, with contract talks failing, he was sacked in June 2012.
Heading back to Bournemouth for an advisory role, it was not long before he was back in management and moved to QPR in November, with the side bottom of the league. Redknapp was expected to transform the club's fortunes but while results did improve, big-money signings in January struggled to quickly settle in and in the end the Rs fell through the trapdoor.
Many tipped Redknapp to immediately leave but he defied those who doubted his loyalty by promising to stay and take QPR back up at the first time of asking. At the end of 2013-14 he did just that as Bobby Zamora's goal in the Championship playoff ensured the club made an immediate return to the Premier League.
Strengths: Transfer dealings on a budget have been his strong point, while his man-management and handling of the media have also been praised.
Weaknesses: Sometimes a bit too candid about his players, he has been criticised for failing to deliver in the big games.
Career high: Leading unfancied Portsmouth to FA Cup glory in 2008.
Career low: Arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting in 2007, he was released without charge, but the incident may have cost him the England job.
Tactics: Usually favouring a 4-4-2, Redknapp loves traditional English wing play and has his sides ready to get behind the ball then counter attack with speed.
Quotes: "I sorted out the team formation last night lying in bed with the wife. When your husband's as ugly as me, you'd only want to talk football in bed". Harry Redknapp.
Trivia: Redknapp was given the Freedom of the City of Portsmouth in 2008 after bringing home the FA Cup.
Words: Jonathan Molyneux-Carter