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Former Hammers striker Tony Cottee
"I would always help out West Ham"
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Ex-England international Gary Lineker
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West Ham fanzine editor Gary Firmager - BBC Sport
"I had a lot of respect for Harry"
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West Ham's Nigel Winterburn
"I'm still amazed that he's actually left the club"
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Former West Ham managing director Peter Storrie
"Harry is West Ham through and through"
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Huddersfield and former West Ham boss Lou Macari
"I was stunned when I heard the news"
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BBC Sport's Richard Burgess
"It seems there was a row over the Rio Ferdinand money"
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Saturday, 12 May, 2001, 07:16 GMT 08:16 UK
Cash row key to Redknapp exit
Rednapp joined in 1994
It has been a difficult season for Redknapp
Harry Redknapp's shock departure from West Ham was caused by a row over transfer cash with chairman Terry Brown.

West Ham announced Rednapp had left the manager's hotseat "by mutual consent" - but it has emerged there was a dispute over the club's potential summer transfer fund.

Redknapp and Brown disagreed over what the club needed to be competitive next season. Redknapp felt this left him with no option.

  Redknapp's career
1964: Signs professional terms for West Ham
1965-1971: Makes 149 League appearances for the East End club
1972-1975: Signs for Bournemouth and makes 101 League appearances
1976: Brentford is the next stop and he makes just one League outing
1983: Takes over as Bournemouth boss
1987: Guides the club to the Division Three championship
1990: The Cherries are relegated back to the Third Division
1992: Assistant manager to Billy Bonds at West Ham
1994: Assumes the managerial helm after Bonds resigns
2001: Departs as West Ham boss
The 54-year-old Redknapp said it was the toughest decision of his life to turn his back on the club he had come to love.

Redknapp had hoped to strengthen his squad with the remainder of the 18m he raked in from the sale of Rio Ferdinand to Leeds United last season, but he said they needed more.

But it is understood there was a belief inside the club that Redknapp had not spent wisely.

Redknapp said: "I said we need to spend 12-14 million on three or four quality players just to avoid standing still."

Charlton Athletic boss Alan Curbishley is the firm favourite to take over - although West Ham will face fierce opposition inside The Valley if they attempt to land him.

Redknapp's departure came after a season which saw the London club struggle in the league.

West Ham only secured their top-flight status with victory against Southampton in the penultimate game of the campaign.

Charlton boss Alan Curbishley
Curbishley has been linked with West Ham
They beat Manchester United in the FA Cup but that adventure came to an end with a quarter-final defeat by Tottenham.

Redknapp, a former player at Upton Park, had been in charge since August 1994 and was the second longest-serving manager in the top-flight behind Sir Alex Ferguson.

Redknapp's assistant Frank Lampard senior also left the club and Glenn Roeder will take over as caretaker manager for West Ham's final game of the season against Middlesbrough.

But former Hammers striker Tony Cottee was surprised by Redknapp's departure.

He said: "They've gone from being a team that fights relegation every season to, until this season, an established top 10 Premiership club."

Ferdinand, who was sold by West Ham to Leeds for 18m, said: "Harry gave me my chance in football and I will always appreciate that.


When I went into the club I had no intention of leaving, but the chat I had with the chairman got out of hand and now I'm out of a job
  Harry Redknapp
"He was the guy who blooded all the young players, like myself, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick."

Redknapp had said that the Upton Park side needed three more players to help secure a finish in the top-half of the Premiership next season.

Doubts surround Redknapp's future plans, but he has already been linked as the next Southampton boss because of his south-coast connection.

Rednapp revealed: "A lot of people have linked me to the Southampton vacancy but I haven't spoken to anyone at The Dell."

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