Redknapp extends Portsmouth deal until 2011

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LONDON, Oct 29 (Reuters) Portsmouth coach Harry Redknapp has signed a new contract which will keep him at Fratton Park until 2011, the Premier League club said today.

Redknapp, 60, first joined the south-coast club as director of football in 2001 then succeeded Graham Rix as manager.

In 2003 he guided them into the top flight for the first time in 15 years but resigned in 2004 and moved to local rivals Southampton.

He rejoined Portsmouth in December 2005 and saved them from relegation.

Last season they finished seventh, their best finish for more than 50 years, and they are in the same position after 11 games of the new season.

''I'm delighted. Since returning to Fratton Park I have had nothing but the utmost support from the owner Sacha Gaydamak and chief executive Peter Storrie,'' Redknapp told the club's Web site (www.portsmouthfc.co.uk).

''They have backed me one hundred percent in the transfer market and I am genuinely excited about the group of players I have with me here now.

''The club as a whole is moving in the right direction with exciting news off the field with a new training ground coming next year and a fabulous new state-of-the-art stadium also in the pipeline.

''It's a great place to be right now and I can only see that getting better.'' Chief executive Storrie said: ''Harry has done a great job, first rescuing the club from the jaws of relegation and then building a team now strong enough to push for a European place.'' REUTERS AB BD2340

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