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Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp
Redknapp before a preseason match against Brighton in July 2011.
Personal information
Full nameHenry James Redknapp
Date of birth2 March 1947(age 69)
Place of birthPoplar, London, England
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubTottenham Hotspur (Manager)

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Henry James "Harry" Redknapp (born 2 March 1947) is a former English footballer who has enjoyed a long career in football management starting in 1983 with Bournemouth. He is the current manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

He had previously managed Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth (twice) and Southampton. While in his second spell at Portsmouth, he managed the side that won the 2008 FA Cup. At the conclusion of the 2009 10 season he guided Tottenham into the UEFA Champions League for the very first time. Redknapp subsequently oversaw Spurs' advancement to the last 16 of that tournament when defeating German side Werder Bremen at home. They were the only new club to have qualified for the next stage of the competition and went on to top their group ahead of holders Inter Milan. To reach the quarter-finals, against the odds, Redknapp then oversaw his team's elimination of the seven-time European Cup winners AC Milan.

His son, Jamie Redknapp, played under him at Bournemouth and at Southampton. He is also uncle to Chelsea player Frank Lampard, who played under him at West Ham United.

Redknapp often attracts praise from people within football circles, with particular plaudits coming from former Leeds United midfielder and Republic of Ireland manager Johnny Giles:
"He's got a very, very good knowledge of the game, Harry. I would describe him as an old-fashioned football man. I remember seeing an article by Harry in which he wrote about not understanding a lot of this jargon about modern coaching, and that it's not as complicated as people make it out. I would agree entirely with him. Harry has, as they say in the game, an eye for a player. He's a good judge of a footballer and 80-90 per cent of successful management is about getting the right players in the club. You don't see him complicating it with big tactics or formations."

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