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Poole Town Hoping To Enlist Redknapps Help In Promotion Push

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AMBITIOUS Poole Town are hoping to enlist the services of Sandbanks-based Harry Redknapp to give them the edge in their quest for Conference South football.

Vice-chairman Chris Reeves has written to the former Cherries boss to ask whether he would be interested in helping raise the club's profile during their push for promotion.

Redknapp, 67, quit as manager of Premier League QPR earlier this month and is residing at his Dorset home awaiting surgery to a persistent knee complaint.

The Daily Star recently reported Redknapp had been invited to join a consortium interested in acquiring a club on the south coast with Plymouth, Torquay and Poole named as possible targets.

Reeves revealed that ex-Cherries chairman Eddie Mitchell, who acquired a two-year option to buy Poole in December 2013, had made no contact with Redknapp over any such venture.

However, Reeves has taken it upon himself to open dialogue with Redknapp to seek his advice as the club looks to strengthen its board and expertise behind the scenes.

Reeves told the Daily Echo: "In light of Harry's resignation and the fact he is likely to be spending far more time at home than normal, I hope it is a good time to sound him out.

"We are not holding out a begging bowl but with us being a hop, skip and jump from the professional game, we now need extra help and advice to keep us moving forward.

"I have asked whether he would be prepared to give me an hour of his time to chat and you never know what might come out of such a conversation.

"We desperately need some new blood. What we have achieved is incredible but the amount we need to do to continue that momentum is awe-inspiring.

"Harry has been a good friend to the club in the past which dates back to when he brought his West Ham team to Poole Stadium. Even if he would be prepared to publicly endorse what we are trying to do then that would give us a bit of clout and stir some interest."

Meanwhile, Reeves insisted his plea had not been motivated by need for cash.

"No club is going to turn down an injection of money, it is the lifeblood for anyone at our level," he added.

"But assuming that is not available, we would welcome anyone who may be able to bring contacts, influence and experience and just imagine the kind of doors Harry Redknapp's influence might open.

"We have had an incredible journey thus far and somehow we will make sure that it continues but the sooner we get new people involved, the sooner we will get to where we want to be."

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