On this day: 'Arry takes charge at Southampton in 2004

Redknapp was a highly controversial appointment as Southampton boss in December 2004. Credit: PA

Eight years ago to the day Harry Redknapp made one of the most controversial decisions of his colourful managerial career, taking charge of Premier League Southampton just weeks after resigning from his job managing Saints' arch-rivals Portsmouth.

Redknapp had fallen out with Pompey over the appointment of Velimir Zajec as Director of Football, and resigned in November 2004. On 8 December he was unveiled by Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe, with the Saints teetering on the edge of relegation.

Pompey fans were outraged, slamming Redknapp as a 'Judas'. And it got worse, as Redknapp was ultimately unable to save Southampton from the drop.

All was forgiven, though, as almost a year to the day after his controversial appointment at St Mary's Redknapp returned to take charge at Portsmouth.

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