Twists and turns in career of cockney charmer
Harry Redknapp is one of few English managers to enjoy relative success in the modern Premier League
The Tottenham Hotspur boss's finest hour within football came when he guided Portsmouth to the FA Cup in 2008 during a season of personal difficulty.
Just weeks before his triumph at Wembley, his wife's twin sister Pat, the mother of Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard, died of pneumonia.
In an era dominated by foreign managers, Redknapp, whose son Jamie is famous in his own right as a former footballer and pundit, characterises football's old school, having grown up watching Arsenal from the Highbury terraces in the 1950s.
His Cockney charm and straight-talking attitude with the media has seen him often top fans' polls to manage England.
Born in Poplar, east London, in 1947, he became a professional footballer as a winger with West Ham United in 1964. He made 149 appearances and scored five goals.
In 1972 he signed for Bournemouth, playing in 101 games and scoring five times, before finishing at Brentford in 1976, where he played just one game.
He began his managerial career back at his old club Bournemouth in 1983. The team were languishing second from bottom in the old Division Three, but in 1987 he got them promoted by winning the league.
His time at Bournemouth was also notable for a third round FA Cup victory over holders Manchester United.
In 1992 he joined West Ham United as assistant manager, and two years later was given the top job after Billy Bonds resigned.
Redknapp won praise for nurturing the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Lampard from youth team to international success before he quit in 2001 after ensuring the club's Premier League survival for another season.
He was appointed director of football at Portsmouth and became manager the following year when Graham Rix was sacked.
In 2003 Redknapp led the team to promotion to the top flight after a 15-year wait, and they finished a respectable 13th place in the next season.
But by November 2004 his relationship with chairman Milan Mandaric had broken down after his assistant Jim Smith was replaced by a continental coach.
Redknapp resigned and soon joined arch-rivals Southampton, who were relegated from the Premiership on the final day of the season.
In December 2005 he rejoined Portsmouth, claiming he made "a monumental mistake" in leaving them for Southampton.
But, just months after winning the FA Cup in 2008, beating Cardiff 1-0 in the final at Wembley, his hero status on the south coast was destroyed as he quit the club again to join top-flight rivals Tottenham.
Days later Pompey fans took to the streets to boo and jeer Redknapp as he was given the freedom of Portsmouth in a bitter twist of fate for fans of the south coast club.
Hailed for his astuteness in the transfer market, he has since led Spurs from bottom of the Premier League to compete for a top-four finish.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester City paid the price for not dealing with Barcelona's Sergio Busquets
Arsenal vs Monaco: Theo Walcott 'involved in spat' with fans after Champions League defeat
It's time to stop the 'small club' jibes after Chelsea signed £200m Yokohama deal
Paul Scholes: Jose Mourinho's attempt to influence football's decision-makers is not working. In fact, it may have backfired
After record-breaking £5.136bn Premier League TV deal, why are Everton the only British club to win in Europe?
- 1 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 2 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 3 What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
- 5 Fearne Cotton quits Radio 1 after ten years for 'family and new adventures'
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East