On this day: Harry Redknapp quits as Portsmouth bossÂ

On this day in 2004, Harry Redknapp quit as Pompey manager after Velimir Zajec was appointed director of football.Â

Saturday, 24th November 2018, 5:25 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 4:56 pm
Former Pompey boss Harry Redknapp

The boss, who had been in the dugout at Fratton Park since March 2002, walked out on November 24, 2004. 

Redknapp had previously had a dispute with Pompey owner Milan Mandarić over his assistant Jim Smith.

But Mandarić decision to appoint Zajec as director of football proved the final straw for Redknapp and after guiding Portsmouth to safety in the Premier League in 2003-04 season, he quit as manager. 

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Former Pompey boss Harry Redknapp

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Also on this day in 2005, in a curious twist of fate the man who replaced Redknapp as Pompey's full time manager Alain Perrin was sacked.

Exactly a year to the day after Redknapp had walked out. 

Perrin was named Portsmouth's full time manager in April 2005, taking over from caretaker Velimir Zajec, who had been in charge since Redknapp had left. 

However after only four months in the job and achieving just four wins in 20 games, leaving Pompey languishing in the relegation zone, the Frenchman was sacked on November 24, 2005.