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Tottenham boss Redknapp convinced Cotterill about Portsmouth job

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp convinced Steve Cotterill to take the Portsmouth job this week.

The former Burnley and Notts County boss decided to take the vacancy at Fratton Park on a three-year contract ahead of a late bid by Hull to lure him to the KC Stadium.

Cotterill, 46, said: "Harry did wonders for this club including winning the FA Cup.

"He asked me to be his assistant at Pompey in 2002 but I felt I was too much of my own man.

"I have known Harry for a long time and he has always helped me in the past.

"I spoke to him on Thursday and he said to go for it. He said Portsmouth was a fantastic club, with great fans and thought I would do well there."

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