On this day in 1994: Redknapp takes over at West Ham United

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Sunday 10 August 2014

On this day in 1994: Redknapp takes over at West Ham United

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Harry Redknapp’s first top-flight job as manager

  • West Ham were the first of five Barclays Premier League teams Redknapp's managed

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

10 August 1994 - West Ham United appoint Redknapp as new manager

Harry Redknapp was made a Barclays Premier League manager for the first time after West Ham United appointed him following the departure of Billy Bonds.

Redknapp had been assistant to Bonds for the previous two years and chairman Peter Storrie said: "We believe we have appointed a great manager."

The 47-year-old former Hammers player, who had previously managed Bournemouth for nine years, took over a club that had finished 13th in the previous Barclays Premier League season.

He spent seven years in charge at the Boleyn Ground and each season comfortably kept the club in the top-flight.

In three of his first five seasons at the helm, West Ham finished in the top 10 and in 1998/99 they came fifth - their best-ever placing in the Barclays Premier League and second best in their top-flight history.

Their club record campaign ensured they qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup, which they won to reach the following season’s Europa League.

While in charge, Redknapp blooded many players from the club's Academy in the first team including Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick, who all went on to win multiple Barclays Premier League titles during distinguished careers.

After leaving the Boleyn Ground, Redknapp went on to have two spells managing Portsmouth - taking them into the Barclays Premier League for the first time - with a brief stay at their rivals Southampton sandwiched in-between.

In his second stint at Fratton Park, Redknapp helped Pompey win the FA Cup and finish eighth in the Barclays Premier League during the 2007/08 season.

In October 2008, Redknapp took over at Tottenham Hotspur and led them from the relegation zone to fourth place - their highest ever Barclays Premier League finish - and qualification to the UEFA Champions League by the end of the following season.

The north Londoners enjoyed an impressive run to the Champions League quarter-finals in 2010/11 and secured another fourth place finish a year later.

Redknapp is currently in charge of Queens Park Rangers and brought them back into the Barclays Premier League at the first time of asking in May 2014 via the Championship play-offs, following relegation 12 months earlier.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when West Ham appointed Harry Redknapp as manager