Former Birmingham City and AFC Bournemouth manager Harry Redknapp has openly thrown his hat into the ring, saying that he would like to get involved at Yeovil Town. Whilst the Glovers board and first team management have not made any comment suggesting that they are seeking such a person, Redknapp has suggested he would be willing to work at Huish Park free of charge, with current manager Darren Way as some kind of a football consultant.
Redknapp was speaking as a pundit on BT Sport's Score programme, being asked what he might seek to do in the wake of being sacked by Birmingham City after a string of poor results at the start of the 2017-18 season, and was asked where his career might take him. He suggested that a part time role, close to his home in Sandbanks, might suit him and specifically named Yeovil Town and Darren Way:
"What I wouldn't mind doing is going in with a young manager somewhere and going in a couple of days a week to help out. Up the road from me at Yeovil, if the young manager there rang me, I don't want any money for it, I'd go in and do a couple of days with him and just see if I can help. Darren Way is a smashing lad, with the smallest budget I think in the Football League. It'd give me something to do in the mornings. Something like that would suit me fine. I'm not going to travel; I'm not going to move house now. But a couple of days a week and to watch them play on Saturdays, I'd enjoy that."
Redknapp's claim that Yeovil Town have the smallest budget in the Football League might raise the eyebrows of personnel at Morecambe and Accrington Stanley. In an October 2016 interview with Chairman John Fry - his last full-length radio interview - he described the club as being "just below halfway mark with the budget size" in comparison with other League Two clubs.
There is an obvious Yeovil Town connection with Redknapp already in place. Glovers owner Norman Hayward was Chairman at AFC Bournemouth during the 1990s, and was the man at the helm when Redknapp left Dean Court at the end of the 1991-92 season. There are conflicting reports as to how Redknapp departed the club, but he was given a £100,000 pay-off on his exit, suggesting it was by 'mutual' agreement. He then moved on to West Ham United, as assistant manager to Billy Bonds, later taking up the first team manager's position.
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