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10:50 24th November 2012

by @OfficialQPR

A closer look at the new QPR boss ...

HARRY Redknapp’s managerial career got off to an inauspicious start back in 1983 – a 9-0 defeat to Lincoln City in his first game in charge of Bournemouth described by the man himself as ‘the end of the world.’

However, Redknapp soon set about building his reputation within the managerial game, guiding the Cherries to the Third Division title in 1986/87 with a club record 97 points.

He spent nine years in total at Dean Court, before he was forced to take time away from the game owing to a serious motor accident.

Redknapp eventually returned to the game in 1992 as assistant manager to Billy Bonds at West Ham United.

Two years later, he was appointed manager after Bonds left the Boleyn Ground. 

He helped establish the club in the Premier League and introduced a number of young players from the club's academy, with Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and his nephew, Frank Lampard, coming through the ranks.

The highlight of Redknapp's reign at Upton Park was a brilliant fifth-place finish in the Premier League in 1999, earning the club a place in Europe.

He was quickly back in football after his departure from the Hammers in 2001, becoming Portsmouth's director of football that summer and then manager the following year. 

Redknapp ended Pompey's 15-year wait for top-flight football by leading them to promotion. The club then finished 13th in the Premier League the following season.

However, by November 2004, Redknapp's relationship with Pompey chairman Milan Mandaric had broken down completely and he chose to resign.

Redknapp's next destination could not have been more controversial, joining fierce local rivals Southampton.

Saints were relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the season and Redknapp was back at Portsmouth by December 2005, admitting he had been wrong to leave.

Redknapp was to enjoy greater success in his second stint at Fratton Park. He kept them up, then took them to ninth and eighth-place finishes.

He then achieved hero status by winning the FA Cup in 2008, as Portsmouth beat Cardiff City 1-0 at the new Wembley Stadium.

When Tottenham Hotspur came calling in October of that year, Redknapp made the move to north London – despite Spurs then sitting at the foot of the Premier League table.

With Redknapp at the helm, however, the White Hart Lane outfit finished eighth that season, before he guided them to fourth the following campaign, ensuring the club qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Tottenham subsequently reached the quarter-finals in Europe's elite competition, recording famous wins over some of the continent's most prestigious clubs. They also performed well in the league, finishing fifth.

Redknapp was named Premier League Manager of the Year for his achievements, but things took a turn for the worse midway through the next season, with speculation rife that he would be offered the England job.

Roy Hodgson eventually got the nod ahead of Redknapp, but his relationship with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy suffered in the meantime, and he left White Hart Lane on June 13th.

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