Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West club Wimborne Town have revealed that former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has made a shock return to football as one of their new directors.
Returning chairperson Paula Henley sensationally secured Redknapp`s services after her consortium had assumed control of the club.
Chairperson of the Magpies for five months until February last year, Henley then busied herself with managing Moordown under-8s where Redknapp’s grandson Bobbie plays.
That allowed the businesswoman to get in touch with Wimborne club patron Redknapp, regularly seen on the sidelines at Moordown matches, before holding talks with the 68-year-old at her Ferndown home on Wednesday.
When Redknapp agreed to join Henley’s Cuthbury revolution, she was left stunned.
Henley told the Daily Echo: “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.
“He views it as a good, traditional club and I think he could see my enthusiasm to try and improve things and wanted to help – I don’t think it’s any more than that.”
Sandbanks-based Redknapp has joined former chairman Paul Miller on the Board of Directors, which Henley estimates will end up being seven-strong.
And she was keen to underline that Redknapp, who has been out of management since departing Queens Park Rangers in February last year, 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.”
Meanwhile, Wimborne have brought in another famous name in Oxlade-Chamberlain.
However, it is Christian, the younger brother of Arsenal and England star Alex, who has joined on loan from Sky Bet League Two side Portsmouth.