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October 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

A reader recalls Seattle’s place in the coaching exploits of Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp, left, and Jimmy Gabriel are pictured in an undated Seattle Times file photo.

Harry Redknapp, left, and Jimmy Gabriel are pictured in an undated Seattle Times file photo.

Harry Redknapp has been one of the great coaches in the England for more than a decade, but not everyone knows of his local connection.

Redknapp, a London native, was actually a player-coach for the Sounders under Jimmy Gabriel in the old North American Soccer League from 1976-79. He’s gone on to coach multiple teams in the Premier League and many thought he was in line to coach England’s national team when the job opened up last year.

One of our readers, Gary Gray, wrote a piece for our ‘Take 2′ blog on Redknapp that is our recommended reading of the day.

Here is a teaser:

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Sports history in Seattle conjures up names like Steve Largent, Ken Griffey Jr., Shawn Kemp, and Gary Payton. But Seattle’s past holds another great name many may not be aware of – Harry Redknapp.

The English manager has coached the best in Europe, and it all started here.

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