Harry Redknapp takes over ‘UK’s worst team’ with star, 73 – and wants Kranjcar

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    Harry Redknapp has made a shock return to management – taking charge of the UK's worst football team.

    It's been six years since Redknapp, 76, called time on his legendary career in the dugout. But he's been drawn out of retirement to lend a much-needed helping hand to Welsh side Cwm Albion.

    They lost all 22 of their games in the Swansea Senior League last season, finishing with a -191 goal difference. That tragic run earned them the title of Specsavers' Best Worst Team.

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    However, every cloud has a silver lining – and they're now working with the Premier League great who won the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008 and guided Tottenham to the Champions League.

    Ranking it amongst the toughest challenges he's faced, Redknapp told Daily Star Sport: "It's right up there! When you look at their record, it's not going to be easy.

    "But I've been down, took a training session and really enjoyed it. They're good lads."

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    Redknapp joked he's "already turned it around" as Cwm recently claimed their first win in three years, a 4-3 victory against Tennant Colts.

    He highlighted veteran midfielder John Rees, who has been with the club for over five decades and is just three years younger than him at 73, as the standout performer. "It shows you really, the standard of the team is not that great," Redknapp acknowledged..

    But he has a plan involving a familiar face to help out the oldest member of the side. "I’m hoping if I can find Niko Kranjcar, we’ll dig him out, bring him down. Get a couple of ringers in there," he added.

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    The eclectic bunch Redknapp has inherited also includes goalie Jamie MacDonald, who hasn't kept a clean sheet in 10 years, winger Shane Prior, who has “legs like Bambi”, and player-coach Dan Gill.

    He and dad Colin are one of two father-son duos in the ranks, but Redknapp won't be making it three with Sky Sports pundit Jamie. "I can’t see him travelling to Swansea on a Saturday afternoon somehow," he said.

    He'll be looking to lead them up the table, but he's not holding out home of a Christmas miracle. "Listen, if we only get beat 10-nil, it would be a positive result," Redknapp continued. "It would bring the goal average down a bit, anyway."

    And while he "thanked God" there was no VAR to contend with, Redknapp has called for more to be done to help grassroots football given the gap between it and the professional game has never been bigger.

    "All the money goes to the top level, into the big clubs, the TV money. I really think that there should be an awful lot more money funnelled down from the top level," he argued.

    "The facilities at grassroots level, for the people who play for the love of the game, are disgusting in this country."

    You can follow Cwm Albion's progress with 'Arry at the helm on Specsavers' Best Worst Team YouTube channel by clicking here.

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