Redknapp brings in Bond

Harry Redknapp has made his first coaching appointment at Tottenham by bringing in his former Portsmouth and Southampton assistant Kevin Bond.

Redknapp, who left Fratton Park to take over at Spurs over the weekend, has also confirmed he still intends to return to Portsmouth tomorrow to receive the freedom of the city.

The 61-year-old was granted the civic accolade after guiding Portsmouth to FA Cup success last season.

Redknapp told Sky Sports News: “I am proud they have given me that and I wouldn’t not take it.

“It was given to me for what I did at Portsmouth, for winning the cup and what I did at the club, so why shouldn’t I go back there?

“I think they want me to go and do it and I am very proud to. It is not a problem.

“I will have to finish training and drive back there rather sharpish.”

Redknapp arrived at Tottenham’s training ground with Bond this morning for a session with the players.

Bond was most recently Bournemouth manager but was sacked in September.

Redknapp would not reveal who else he intends to join his coaching staff but admitted he does admire former Spurs captain Tim Sherwood.

Redknapp said: “Kevin Bond has joined me.”

He added: “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.”

Redknapp’s arrival at the helm yesterday preceded the club’s first victory of the season.

Spurs remain bottom of the Barclays Premier League but Redknapp believes the 2-0 win changed the whole mood of the club.

He said: “Yesterday was the big day, we got off to a great start. To win the game yesterday was all important, it changes the whole mood of the place.

“If we’d have got beaten yesterday I’d have been walking in here to a very low training ground but we’re walking in having got a terrific result and that lifts the spirits of everybody.”

Redknapp’s next task is to prepare the team to face rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

He said: “It is a tough week. We have got a big game at Arsenal on Wednesday and then Liverpool.”

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