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Bond follows Redknapp back to Fratton Park

Kevin Bond has returned to Portsmouth as assistant manager where he rejoins boss Harry Redknapp.

Bond had been expected to make the return after leaving Southampton following George Burley's appointment.

Redknapp and Bond worked together at Pompey before a disagreement between the manager and chairman Milan Mandaric resulted in Redknapp leaving and eventually taking over at south-coast rivals Southampton.

Redknapp left Saints and made his peace with Mandaric before Christmas and Bond has also returned. Joe Jordan becomes first-team coach.

Redknapp said: 'I'm delighted, he's a good coach and you need people around you who you know and trust and feel comfortable with.

'Kevin is perfect for me and has come back as assistant manager. Joe Jordan will be first-team coach. It's a good team and I'm delighted with the pair of them.

'We were all here before and now there is only Jim Smith missing. He was fantastic for me but unfortunately he's not with us now but Kevin's back and Joe's here. They are good lads and have experience.

'The lads are all delighted to see Kevin back, Dejan Stefanovic kept asking me 'are we going to get Kevin back?'

Redknapp expects to be active in the transfer market during the window this month but admitted he will miss out on Southampton goalkeeper Antti Niemi - and probably Norwich striker Dean Ashton too.

'I have been interesting in taking him, I would love to bring him here but he has done a deal with Fulham,' he told Sky Sports News.

'Jamie Ashdown has had injections for his hamstring injury, so we hope he could be okay, but Antti was certainly someone I was interested in.

'I've got a few irons in the fire because we need to strengthen. I'm pleased with how it has gone since I have been here but the squad definitely needs strengthening and I will be looking to do that in the next week,' he said.

Redknapp admires Norwich forward Ashton but admitted he may be priced out of a move for him.

'He is a good player, a very good striker. But I saw £7million quoted for him and that would be too much for us. He is an outstanding young player but that kind of money is too expensive for us.'