FOOTBALL: Smith Rejoins Harry
NEWSouthampton assistant manager Jim Smith insists the club will be looking for proven Premiership players in the January transfer window as he and Harry Redknapp look to lift the club out of the relegation zone.
The vastly-experienced 64-yearold today joined Redknapp and
Kevin Bond in making the switch to St Mary's from south coast rivals Portsmouth and insisted he had "no qualms" about such a contentious move.
The new management trio at Saints must now try to strengthen their squad when the transfer window opens on New Year's Day and Smith believes they cannot afford to gamble on overseas players in the hope that they will be good enough to keep the club up.
"We want to bring in people who have played in the Premier League for some time. We need people who know the Premier League, not people who need six to eight weeks to learn what it is all about," he said.
"I saw the team at White Hart Lane on Saturday and they were poor. We do need to get people in during the transfer window but with the squad we've got there is also a chance of getting out of trouble."
Smith has managed nine clubs during a distinguished career and revealed there had been opportunities to become a Saint in the past. "I nearly took the Southampton manager's job when I left Oxford in the 1980s but it was too late, I had already agreed to go to QPR," Smith said.
"I have known about Southampton for many years, having worked at Portsmouth twice. …