August 2, 2021

Redknapp attends Bournemouth training

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Harry Redknapp has attended Bournemouth training at the request of caretaker boss Jonathan Woodgate as the club search for a new manager.

The 73-year-old, who managed the Cherries between 1983 and 1992, has no official role with the club but attended Monday’s training session at the club’s Kings Park first-team training complex.

Woodgate, who played under Redknapp at Tottenham between 2008 and 2011, is in temporary charge until the Bournemouth board appoint a successor to the sacked Jason Tindall.

“Jonathan Woodgate played under me at Spurs and he’s a great lad,” Redknapp told Sky Sports News. “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.”

Jonathan Woodgate will be in caretaker charge for Bournemouth's game against Birmingham on Saturday
Image: Jonathan Woodgate will be in caretaker charge for Bournemouth’s FA Cup game against Burnley on Tuesday

“I have spoken to Harry quite a bit,” Woodgate said at a press conference on Monday. “He gives that advice and has been there and done it. He is a really good guy, who I know I can trust.”

Sky Sports News reported on Monday morning Bournemouth have been inundated with applications for the job, although the board are taking their time to make an appointment.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Bournemouth and Birmingham

No time scale has been set on making an appointment, as the board feel this is a big decision at a crucial stage in the season.

Woodgate will still be caretaker manager for the FA Cup game with Burnley on Tuesday, after which the club will draw up a shortlist of names and start the interview process.

Redknapp, who lives on the south coast, has been out of management since leaving Birmingham in 2017.