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03 September 2011

Harry Redknapp to manage England Legends

First Artist client Harry Redknapp has agreed to take charge of the England Legends team for a celebrity and football heroes match against a Wales Legends side at Pride Park Stadium on behalf of the John Hartson Foundation.

It was set up in the name of the former Wales frontman, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent emergency surgery in 2009 after the disease spread to the rest of his body.

Redknapp said he would do “anything” to support Hartson’s foundation, having remained close to the 36-year-old since managing him at West Ham in the late 1990s.

He said: “I love big John. He’s one of my favourite players I’ve ever managed – he’s such a great guy. I couldn’t believe what happened to him. It shows what a fighting spirit he has that he pulled through.

“Anything John gets involved in to raise awareness of cancer is something I want to support.

“I doubt there’s a family anywhere that has not been affected by it. We’ve got to keep trying to find a cure and get the message out there that if you’ve got a problem, get it checked out.

“That’s what John’s message is and it’s one that is really important we get over. We’ve got to tell people not to be afraid or embarrassed to go to a doctor.”

The match will be broadcast live on ITV4.

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