Harry Redknapp has appointed Kevin Bond as his assistant at Tottenham and has ruled out Portsmouth coach Tony Adams or son Jamie joining him at his new club.
Adams' strong links with Arsenal have provided the barrier to any move and instead Redknapp has gone for Bond - a coach he has worked with before - who drove him to White Hart Lane on match day.
The 61-year-old was granted the civic accolade after guiding Portsmouth to FA Cup success last season and confirmed: ''I will not be taking Tony with me. I do not think that would go down too well because of his Arsenal links.
He told Sky Sports News: ''I am proud they have given me that [freedom of the city] and I wouldn't not take it.
''It was given to me for what I did at Portsmouth, for winning the cup and what I did at the club, so why shouldn't I go back there?
''I think they want me to go and do it and I am very proud to. It is not a problem. I will have to finish training and drive back there rather sharpish.''
Redknapp arrived at Tottenham's training ground with Bond this morning for a session with the players.
Bond was most recently Bournemouth manager but was sacked in September.
Redknapp would not reveal who else he intends to join his coaching staff but admitted he does admire former Spurs captain Tim Sherwood.
Redknapp said: ''Kevin Bond has joined me.''
He added: ''There are a couple of lads who have been here who I spoke to about joining us as well. We will wait and see what happens with that one.
''I like Tim, I think he is very knowledgeable and great on the game.''
One man who is unlikely to join the Redknapp revolution in North London is son Jamie, with Redknapp saying: "I think he's too busy earning too much money for you people at Sky!
"That's the problem with Jamie. I think he's quite happy with what he's doing, getting his golf handicap down.
"You come and work in this game and it's 24 hours a day and I don't know whether he wants that at this particular time.
"I'm sure he will one day."