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Not that one. Breath easy!

Always rated him as a player but he does piss me off a bit on Sky. Still if it means we get to see his missus down the Bridge a bit , its fine by me.

JAMIE REDKNAPP has taken his first steps on the road to management by joining Chelsea’s backroom staff.

The former Liverpool skipper and England midfielder, 35, is working two days a week coaching the Blues’ reserve team.

He is also planning to study for his coaching badges in order to follow in the footsteps of dad Harry, who is boss of Chelsea’s rivals Tottenham.

Redknapp was approached by Chelsea after the exit of coach Brendan Rodgers, who became Watford boss last month.

He will also be working with Chelsea midfielder and his cousin Frank Lampard at the club’s training ground in Cobham, Surrey.

Redknapp retired from football three years ago because of persistent knee trouble and has been working as a pundit on Sky TV.

He has also launched a trade mag aimed at professional footballers with wife Louise and ex-Spurs star Tim Sherwood.

Last year Redknapp was approached to help out as former Stamford Bridge manager Avram Grant’s assistant but declined the offer.

But he now feels the time is right to launch a fresh career in the game.

A Chelsea source revealed: “Losing Brendan created a gap in the staff and Jamie is widely seen as having great potential to be a coach and manager of the future.â€

Redknapp is widely respected for his knowledge of football and his tactical awareness.

He played more than 300 games in his club career spanning 15 years taking in Bournemouth, Liverpool and Spurs.

He finished his playing days at Southampton in the Premier League in May 2005, working under his dad Harry before calling it a day.

He also earned 17 caps for England.

Redknapp Jnr still takes a passionate interest in football and his dad still seeks tactical advice off his son.

Jamie was also consulted before his dad decided to take the Tottenham job in October.

Coaching runs very much in the family with Redknapp’s uncle Frank Lampard vastly experienced in the business.

Lampard was Harry Redknapp’s assistant at West Ham and is now helping out the new Watford gaffer Rodgers three days a week as a consultant to the rookie boss.

Jamie Redknapp is just one of a group of recently retired players to make the first move into management.

Sherwood has joined Harry Redknapp as a coach at Spurs along with Les Ferdinand.

Chelsea recently lost experienced coach and No 2 Steve Clarke, who joined West Ham as assistant to Gianfranco Zola.

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Not that one. Breath easy!

Always rated him as a player but he does piss me off a bit on Sky. Still if it means we get to see his missus down the Bridge a bit , its fine by me.

Why?

Ex Tottenham, Liverpool, I'd rather have someone with Chelsea connections on the back room staff

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Am I alone in liking him as a pundit?

Don't get me wrong, he still trots out the typical Ger 'National Traitor' rard love that makes my blood boil, but he is also quite complimentary about Chels and Frank, and I would MUCH prefer him to Andy f*&(&&*ing Gray anytime.

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Am I alone in liking him as a pundit?

Don't get me wrong, he still trots out the typical Ger 'National Traitor' rard love that makes my blood boil, but he is also quite complimentary about Chels and Frank, and I would MUCH prefer him to Andy f*&(&&*ing Gray anytime.

I actually like all Sky commentators, even Andy Gray. Mind you, I speak in comparison with our very own Bulgarian commentators, who in their majority are the worst Chelsea-hating, scum-loving, United-praising, Barca-idolizing nasty bunch you could ever encounter. Thats why I watch all our games on the web, even if they are shown on our TV - if you think Andy Gray is bad, you haven't seen anything yet.

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Mind you, I speak in comparison with our very own Bulgarian commentators, who in their majority are the worst Chelsea-hating, scum-loving, United-praising, Barca-idolizing nasty bunch you could ever encounter.

well, that must be a tendency here in eastern europe... i guess having a russian oligarch as the owner doesn't help to get popular in the region.

actually i think our pundits are worse, because they love liverpool the most :huh: due to the hungarian youngsters(németh and gulácsi) playing in their reserves. on top of this, the vast majority of them knows f**k all about football... i always use the mute button if i have to watch our game on the telly :/ though usually we go to a local scottish pub and watch it on sky. nice place, the only drawback is that the owner is a celtic supporter...

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I actually like all Sky commentators, even Andy Gray. Mind you, I speak in comparison with our very own Bulgarian commentators, who in their majority are the worst Chelsea-hating, scum-loving, United-praising, Barca-idolizing nasty bunch you could ever encounter. Thats why I watch all our games on the web, even if they are shown on our TV - if you think Andy Gray is bad, you haven't seen anything yet.

Same here with German commentators, though concerning Chelsea this has improved a lot since a certain well-loved German player joined us ... at least they don't come up with "the scum deserves winning the league this year". Don't know who said it but my TV was lucky that I didn't jump in after I've heard this.

I know my TV is innocent. However there are certain moments in my life where I'm even too stupid to realize this.

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I agree with BlueNut, it'd be much more worthwhile to have someone Chelsea related.

What's he gonna bring to the club, other than his bird?

There always the chance he'll bring his dad over......................to pinch all our promising youngsters!

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There always the chance he'll bring his dad over......................to pinch all our promising youngsters!

If this is not going to trouble his job for the Spurs - excellent! Down the league table but beating scum there's nearly nothing more I could wish for Spurs!

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