League round-up: Redknapp's return lifts Cherries


Harry Redknapp embarked on his new role at Bournemouth yesterday, watching from the stands as the League One side recorded their first victory of the season with a 1-0 win at Yeovil. The 65-year-old travelled with the squad and sat alongside chairman Eddie Mitchell in the directors' box at Huish Park, less than three months after being sacked by Tottenham.

Redknapp started his managerial career at Dean Court in 1983 and has returned to the club in an advisory capacity. He will work alongside manager Paul Groves on a voluntary basis and offer his expertise while waiting for a managerial opportunity in the Premier League.

"If I can just weigh in with little bits here and there, and if they want to ask my opinion, I am only too pleased," said Redknapp. "If they give me a cup of tea at half-time in the boardroom, I'm delighted. That is all I want out of it.

"It is not a case of me coming in for any reason other than Eddie asked me if I could just give them a little bit of a hand if I can, where I can."

Against a previously unbeaten Yeovil, Richard Hughes scored the only goal to move Bournemouth up to 15th less than 24 hours after announcing Redknapp's appointment.

At the County Ground, Wes Foderingham retained his place in the Swindon side after apologising to Paolo Di Canio for his angry reaction to being substituted last weekend. The young goalkeeper could not prevent a surprise 1-0 defeat to Leyton Orient, who had lost their opening three games.

In League Two, former Barnet manager Martin Allen made a winning return to Underhill as Gillingham maintained their lead at the top with a 3-1 victory. Exeter City remain in second following their 4-2 win at Oxford United, while Jon Parkin scored a hat-trick for Fleetwood Town, who beat Morecambe 4-2.