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Tottenham boss Redknapp hails impact of coach Jordan

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admits he's delighted to have Joe Jordan on his coaching staff at White Hart Lane.

He told the Scottish Sun: "There wasn't a link with Joe before I first worked with him at Portsmouth. Milan Mandaric said to me that he thought I needed another coach at the club. I already had Jim Smith and Kevin Bond, but didn't have a problem with someone else joining us.

"I made it clear I didn't want a foreign coach. Someone mentioned Joe to me, stressing that he was a great guy and a good coach. His old team-mate at Manchester United, Scott McGarvey, knew Joe well and told me I wouldn't go wrong by giving him a chance.

"So I rang Joe out of the blue and arranged to meet him at a motorway services. He came from Bristol and I drove from Bournemouth. I liked him right away and offered him the job. Since then he has been fantastic for me.

"You could put your life on Joe. He is so loyal and such a dedicated coach. Nothing flusters him, he's steady. He's staunch.

"Joe knows the game inside out having been a top player and an experienced manager in his own right. He's also a real family man.

"Joe had been out of the game for a while, so going to Portsmouth was a good opportunity for him.

"And when I left for Spurs I knew right away I wanted him to follow me. Joe's on your side, he is one million per cent with you and you need that when you walk into a new club. You need people around you who you can rely on and trust.

"Joe does fantastic preparation on the opposition. As a player he was a real warrior. But off the field he's a very quiet man, not aggressive. Joe would've been a very good choice as Scotland manager, although I like George Burley a lot and he'll do well for you.

"But, if he wanted it, Joe is definitely someone who could be a future international boss. You could do a lot worse than him.

"He would be excellent, but I wouldn't want to lose him. Joe's important for me and Spurs."

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