Harry Redknapp has come out of retirement to lend a hand to the UK’s “worst performing football team”.
It has been seven years since the former West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, QPR and Portsmouth manager was last in the dugout.
Now he has taken on the challenge of transforming the fortunes of a club in Swansea.
Cwm Albion was formed more than 100 years ago and currently play in the Swansea Senior League.
They lost all 22 of their games last season, which led to them being named Specsavers’ “best worst team” after a nationwide search.
Redknapp will support the club throughout the season, including delivering face-to-face training.
When he got the call, Redknapp admits he “didn’t know what to expect”.
“The team’s 191-goal difference certainly caught my eye, but after meeting the lads, you can’t doubt their determination,” he said.
“They’re a real close unit, and their hard work is already starting to pay off, with the lads securing their first win in three years in their latest match.”
Redknapp is “hopeful” the victories will keep coming, “with the right training and guidance”.
Among the club’s players are John Rees, 73, who has been with the club for over 50 years, and goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald, who hasn’t had a clean sheet in the 10 years he has spent at the club.
Dan Gill, Cwm Albion manager, said having Redknapp on board was “the biggest thing to have happened to our club since I joined when I was 16 years old”.
“He’s a huge inspiration for myself and the lads and we can’t wait to start training with him.”