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Redknapp hires Bond as Tottenham assistant manager

Redknapp hires Bond as Tottenham assistant manager

Tottenham has hired Kevin Bond as assistant coach, reuniting him with manager Harry Redknapp for the fifth time.
Bond, who worked alongside Redknapp at West Ham, Southampton and in two spells at Portsmouth, has been looking for work since being fired as manager of lower league Bournemouth in September.
Bond has enjoyed success as assistant to Redknapp and almost kept Bournemouth in League One last season despite a 10-point deduction.
He will hope his return to topflight football marks a recovery from a testing period when he was the subject of unproven allegations of corruption.
A documentary by the British Broadcasting Corp. in September 2006 alleged that Redknapp tried to lure a player under contract at Blackburn. Bond was implicated and fired from his job as assistant manager at Newcastle, but is taking legal action against the BBC and against Newcastle for wrongful dismissal.
When City of London police raided Redknapp's house at 6 a.m. in November 2007 as part of a corruption inquiry, they were later forced to pay him damages.
Redknapp claimed the episode cost him the chance to become England manager, but Newcastle still offered him the post of manager in January.
Redknapp turned down the offer and could now be about to appoint former Spurs midfielder Tim Sherwood as one of his assistants.
"Kevin Bond has joined me," Redknapp told Sky Sports TV on Monday. "There are a couple of lads who have been here who I spoke to about joining us as well. We will wait and see what happens with that one.
"I like Tim, I think he is very knowledgeable and great on the game."
Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams was Redknapp's most recent assistant at Portsmouth, but Redknapp has said he won't be joining Tottenham because of his association with Spurs' fiercest rivals.
British bookmaker William Hill rated Adams favorite to succeed Redknapp at Pompey.
Redknapp led Tottenham to a 2-0 win over Bolton on Sunday, raising spirits at the club despite the fact that the team's first Premier League victory wasn't enough to lift it off the bottom of the standings. His next match comes Wednesday with a daunting trip to fourth-place Arsenal.
The hiring of a new coaching team, which included a 5 million-pound ($7.7 million; 6.1 million euros) payment to Portsmouth for Redknapp, was estimated by British newspaper The Financial Times to cost Tottenham at least 10 million pounds ($15.4 million; 12.2 million euros).
That includes a settlement to the fired Juande Ramos, who had completed just one year of a contract reportedly worth about 3.5 million pounds ($5.4 million; 4.29 million euros) per year.
But that will prove to be money well spent if Tottenham avoids relegation. Demotion from the Premier League is estimated to cost a club at least 25 million pounds ($38.6 million; 30.6 million euros).


Updated : 2021-04-12 12:55 GMT+08:00