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Ideal start

Posted on 9 July 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp sees Bournemouth as the perfect host for our first pre-season friendly of 2010-11 on Saturday.

Harry Redknapp sees Bournemouth as the perfect host for our first pre-season friendly of 2010-11 on Saturday.

We face Eddie Howe's newly-promoted League One side at Dean Court, kicking-off at 3pm.

Bournemouth will always have a special place in Harry's heart.

He played there between 1972-76 and after a stint in America, returned to begin his managerial career at Dean Court in 1982-83, famously dumping Manchester United out of the FA Cup in 1984. He was in charge until moving to West Ham in 1994.

"It's a club I'm very close to," said Harry. "And it's ideal for us. I always enjoy going down there. It's always a good game on a good pitch and they always try to play football."

Harry also has close ties with Cherries boss Eddie Howe (pictured above).

A well-regarded defender in his day, Howe played over 200 games for Bournemouth before Harry snapped him up at Portsmouth in 2002.

Unfortunately, he suffered a severe knee injury that affected the rest of his playing career before his retirement in 2007.

He's more than made up for it though in his early managerial career - steering the club away from relegation trouble in 2008-09 before guiding them to promotion from League Two to League One last term.

"I signed Eddie and Richard Hughes at the same time at Portsmouth in my first year at the club when we were in the Championship," said Harry.

"Eddie was unlucky, he got injured in the first game against Forest, damaged his knee.

"He was a very good player as well, a good defender. He's done a great job at Bournemouth and he's a great guy as well."