The former Queens Park Rangers manager has joined the Rams on a short-term deal in an advisory role, helping caretaker boss Darren Wassall with first-team duties until the end of the season.
His arrival has been met with mixed emotions by the Derby fans, yet Olsson says Redknapp has the backing of the players and suggests he will play a key part in the club’s bid for promotion.
“The boys see it as a good thing. I think he’s going to come into the club with great experience for the coaching staff and for the players,” the former Blackburn Rovers defender explained.
“Everybody knows who he is and that he has got promotions, so I think it’s good for the club and for the players as well.”
Redknapp was last in charge of Queens Park Rangers where he guided the club to promotion from the Championship, ironically defeating Derby 1-0 in the playoff final at Wembley two years ago.
The Rams have struggled since the start of the New Year, culminating in the dismissal of Paul Clement and former academy manager Darren Wassall taking over first-team duties until the end of the season.
While Derby still remain in fifth spot, Wassall’s ability has been questioned by supporters especially after his poor substitutions on 75 minutes saw Derby throw away a 3-0 lead at Rotherham United to draw 3-3.
Redknapp will provide a helping hand in terms of tactics and personnel, and who knows perhaps a superb run of form and ensuing promotion could see the 69-year-old land the managerial job in the summer.