NEALE Cooper today insisted Hartlepool United will not be distracted by the Harry Redknapp circus at Bournemouth, writes ROY KELLY.
The former Tottenham and Portsmouth boss has joined the Cherries as an advisor, a move welcomed by manager Paul Groves and the fans.
Redknapp, who lives in nearby Poole and is a former Bournemouth manager, has been a regular visitor to Dean Court this season since his shock departure from Tottenham.
He accepted an unpaid role with his local club and travelled on the bus with the squad to Yeovil last Saturday and was alongside colourful chairman Eddie Mitchell and vice-chairman Jeff Mostyn in the main stand at Huish Park.
There is likely to be a media scrum at the ground on Saturday.
But Cooper said that while he has great admiration for the 65-year-old eastender, Pools will be concentrating on trying to get their first away win of the campaign.
“Harry won’t want a big circus, he’s just there to help the out,” said Cooper.
“Him joining them will have given Bournemouth a big lift – he would give any club a lift.
“He is a fantastic manager and football person and character.
“I love his football philosophy and how he likes his teams to play the game.
“I think it’s great for Bournemouth but it doesn’t bother me and it won’t bother our players.
“I’m sure it won’t bother their management or players either and they will go about their jobs professionally.
“The Bournemouth people will be delighted Harry’s on board – it’s up to us to go and try to spoil it,” smiled the Scot.