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Portsmouth goalkeeper David James feels he could bring something different to management when he finally hangs up his gloves - and would like nothing better than to get one over the old maestro Harry Redknapp in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

The much-travelled 39-year-old stopper has already taken his level two coaching badges, and would one day like to try his hand at taking charge of team affairs.

"From what I have experienced as a player, I believe the managerial job could be done very differently, and I would like to have that opportunity," said James.

"I think there are ways and means of getting the best out of players which can be done at any level, and I would like the opportunity to see if my theory works."

The evergreen England international, who is out of contract in the summer, was part of Redknapp's squad which lifted the famous old trophy with victory against Cardiff in 2008.

A lot of time, not to mention money, has passed at Fratton Park since then, with many of the current squad uncertain about their futures as relegation looms after the club slipped into administration following months of financial turmoil.

James feels one of the strengths of his former boss Redknapp - who left for Spurs during October 2008 and has transformed them into Champions League qualification contenders - is getting the best out of whatever talent he has available.

"Harry is arguably the best man-manager I have ever worked under," James continued.

"You can go through Spurs' side for an analysis how strong they are in all departments.

"But if it was simply a case of analysing a side before the match and deciding who was going to be the winner, then we probably would not need to turn up."

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