Former Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has made a shock return to football as a director of Evo-Stik Southern Football League club Wimborne Town.

Following a takeover of the Magpies this week, Redknapp will be part of a new board of directors, fronted by former club Chairperson Paula Henley.

And Henley admitted to the Bournemouth Daily Echo, that she was shocked to have secured Redknapp’s services.

She said “Harry has always been a patron but all he’s been asked to do until now is perform the patron’s draw and then go out for an Italian with a few of the directors!

“I explained my motivations for going back and said it would be absolutely amazing if he could have some involvement at board level – and he agreed.

“I was dumbstruck. I kept asking if he was sure because I couldn’t quite believe it. Having his name associated with us is huge.

However she was keen to point out that Redknapp would assume an advisory role.

Henley added: “In view of his experience, he will be there in an advisory capacity.

“I don’t want it suggested that he will help the club out financially because I haven’t asked him for that. It was never on the agenda.

“I don’t expect him to be at every board meeting or out there trying to drum up business – that’s not what it’s about.

“He is happy to support Wimborne Town and myself and help in any way that he can.”



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