Redknapp Appointment Confirmed

Last updated : 08 December 2004 By Sam
And the new Saints boss has revealed that the thought of managing the club after leaving local rivals Pompey just two weeks ago doesn't frighten him.

"I have seen some comments that this must have been set up before I left Pompey but nothing could be further from the truth," he told the club's official website.

"I never dreamed I would be offered this job. I thought it could never happen because I had been at Pompey.

"I was looking forward to my break but then over the last 48 hours things all happened very suddenly.

"I walked away from Pompey without a penny and left a contract worth an awful lot of money.

"Those reasons are well documented. The chairman felt there was a need for a director of football and that was not a road I wanted to go down.

"I never had any idea anything like this would come up. In fact I was not even sure I wanted to go back into football.

"I had one or two calls but they did not interest me. I planned to take six months or a year and then see how I felt.

"But this was a challenge I could not turn down and if it had not been this club, then I don't know if I would have gone back into football.

"It is a terrific club and I always said that when I was manager of Pompey."