Pompey wait on Redknapp Jr

Portsmouth are likely to want Jamie Redknapp to quit his job as a television pundit before joining father Harry on the coaching staff at Fratton Park.

Portsmouth are likely to want Jamie Redknapp to quit his job as a television pundit before joining father Harry on the coaching staff at Fratton Park.

An appointment in a father-and-son partnership is looking a strong possibility after assistant manager Kevin Bond joined Glenn Roeder at Newcastle in a similar capacity, having turned down the offer of a new one-year deal at Fratton Park.

The south coast club have yet to comment other than to confirm 48-year-old Bond’s departure, but it is understood that Jamie Redknapp, 32, has been made an offer by chairman Milan Mandaric.

The former Liverpool midfielder is currently working for Sky Sports, having previously appeared on screen for the BBC, but has admitted he misses active involvement in the game.

Redknapp junior, who also played for Bournemouth, Tottenham and England, was given a league debut by his father at the age of 16.

He was given the opportunity of a coaching role at Tottenham by manager Martin Jol two years ago but turned it down in favour of a free transfer move to Southampton where his father was the manager.

When Harry returned from Southampton to Portsmouth last season, Jamie hardly missed a home match at Fratton Park and has now started the relevant coaching courses which could one day lead him into a management career.

Should he opt for a return to the game, at Portsmouth he would join former Scotland striker Joe Jordan who is first-team coach.

Meanwhile, Mandaric will wait for his manager to return from a holiday break abroad to see if he wants to add Celtic striker John Hartson to his list of potential new signings.

Redknapp has been scouring Europe in search of at least one new striker after Portsmouth dropped out of the race to sign Andrew Johnson, who moved from Crystal Palacve to Everton for £8.6m (€12.5m).

The news that Celtic have accepted a £500,000 (€728,800) bid from West Brom for 31-year-old Hartson will have alerted several English clubs.

Redknapp once bought the Welshman for £3.4m (€5m) from Arsenal and sold him for nearly £7m (€10.2m) to Wimbledon two years later.

Portsmouth also flagged their interest when Hartson’s future was in doubt at Parkhead last summer but he stayed on to help them to the SPL Championship.

Mandaric told the Daily Record: “I will have to clear it with Harry but I believe he is still interested in John Hartson and if that is the case we will look at trying to bring him to Portsmouth.”

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