Stand-up comedian Russell Brand is leaving his showbiz Hollywood lifestyle behind in order to coach a football team.
The film star, who has supported his beloved West Ham United since childhood, will be joining ex-Hammers manager Harry Redknapp in the dug-out for a charity match next month, according to the Metro.
Redknapp has appointed funnyman Brand as his assistant manager as the duo prepare to take charge of the Men United team against a Leyton Orient legends XI at the Matchroom Stadium on May 31, in support of Prostate Cancer UK.
It will be the manager’s first return to the game since quitting Queens Park Rangers in February, when he cited the urgent need for knee surgery as the reason for his departure.
The likes of Luther Blissett and Trevor Sinclair are to star in the game, while Brand will be given a run for his money in the laughter department by Bradley Walsh and Ralf Little, who have also agreed to play.
Orient youth coach Errol McKellar came up with the idea, and organisers are hoping for a bumper crowd.