Harry Redknapp returns to Bournemouth after nearly 30-years to help out caretaker boss Jonathan Woodgate

HARRY REDKNAPP has returned to Bournemouth after nearly 30-years to help out caretaker boss Jonathan Woodgate.

Woodgate is currently in caretaker charge of the Cherries following Jason Tindall's sacking.



And he has called upon the help of veteran manager Redknapp, who managed Bournemouth for nearly a decade from 1983 to 1992.

Redknapp, 73, told Sky Sports: "Jonathan Woodgate played under me at Spurs and he's a great lad.

"He's asked me to come in for a few days and watch them train.

"Just to be around the place for a few days, help keep my eye on things for him."

Redknapp, who lives on the south coast, launched his managerial career at Bournemouth in 1983.

He has not coached since leaving Birmingham in 2017 but Woodgate said: "I have spoken to Harry quite a bit.

"He gives that advice and has been there and done it. He is a really good guy, who I know I can trust."

Bournemouth have several managers in the running to take charge at the Vitality on a permanent basis.

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But Woodgate – who spent a year in charge at Middlesbrough before his firing in 2020 – is the bookies favourite to take over full-time.

The ex-defender, who was first team coach under Tindall, admitted he was 'surprised' to have been put in temporary charge so quickly after arriving at the club.

Woodgate continued: "I didn't think anything like this would happen so early.

"I know managers come under pressure at times.

"I have been involved with [around] 25 managers over my career and I know it is a cut-throat business, but I didn't think it was going to be that early that it would happen."

Chelsea legends John Terry and Frank Lampard are among those in contention to become Cherries boss.

Redknapp's nephew Lampard, 42, was axed as Blues boss in January after only 18 months in charge.

He did have a year's worth of experience in the Championship with Derby where he led the Rams to a sixth-placed finish and Play-Off final.

Terry, 40, is currently assistant to Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith, but has aspiration of transitioning into management.

Bournemouth are currently sixth but with Woodgate, 41, in charge they won their first league game in six beating Birmingham 3-2.

He will also take charge of their FA Cup fifth round tie at Burnley on Tuesday night.

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