Harry's Games: Inside the Mind of Harry Redknapp

By John Crace

Who is Harry Redknapp? soccer genius or soccer chancer? grasp tactician or functional joker? How is it that even if he was once dealing with courtroom lawsuits for tax evasion such a lot of humans have been nonetheless heavily tipping him to be the following England supervisor? How can one guy have such diametrically adversarial and incompatible occupation trajectories? Does the longing to have an English supervisor accountable for the nationwide part warp people's thinking?'

To Portsmouth lovers, Redknapp was once the fellow who walked on water and received them an FA Cup. To Southampton fanatics, he's nonetheless the satan incarnate who had them relegated ahead of leaping send to their arch competitors. Spurs lovers should not convinced what he's, bit do not care as lengthy as he retains the staff jointly and successful. occasionally he is the Messiah, at others the clown. Whoever he's, Crace is decided to discover out.

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Besides, it didn’t make loads of feel. Mandaric can have been tremendous wealthy yet he wasn’t a guy to chuck funds away on salaries unnecessarily, and Redknapp wasn’t so determined he needed to settle for the 1st task he was once provided. It makes far more feel if you happen to permit for the chance that, correct from the off, Redknapp was once being coated up in its place for Graham Rix, Portsmouth’s then supervisor. no longer that there has been ever a proper contract alongside these traces, extra a mutual realizing – a nod and a wink.

Regrettably, Steven Pienaar were despatched out on mortgage to Everton within the January move window, having simply been acquired by way of Spurs from Everton the former 12 months. On his arrival, he had begun a number of video games, made minimum effect after which been suddenly solid apart – one more of the gamers whom Redknapp had made up our minds early on that he didn’t quite fee and for whom there will be no moment percentages. If now not as fast as Lennon, Pienaar have been an invaluable, aggressive, right-sided midfielder at Everton ahead of he had arrived at Spurs and have been having a look even larger than that given that his go back.

It was once striking. He used to be a strolling encyclopaedia and might spend each spare minute out scouting gamers. Nor, like many managers, did he forget about the non-league golf equipment; really the opposite. He went out of his approach to visit the areas, equivalent to Maidstone and Weymouth, to snap up expertise at the affordable that everybody else had overlooked. ’ In a post-match tv interview after Spurs had misplaced to Wigan, Sky’s Rob Palmer jokingly pointed out Redknapp as a ‘wheeler-dealer’. ‘I’m no longer a wheeler-dealer. Fuck off! ’ Redknapp snapped ahead of storming out.

The claims had credence, simply because even sooner than the billions from Sky television and the prime League’s advertisement revolution, bungs have been certainly confirmed to were paid. a prior, even more dogged top-rated League inquiry – finally signed off in 1997 through Robert Reid quality controls and the league’s then leader govt, Rick Parry – chanced on that once Arsenal signed the Danish midfield overseas John Jensen, and the Norwegian full-back good friend Lydersen in 1991 and 1992, Arsenal’s supervisor, George Graham, used to be paid £425,000 in kickbacks or ‘bungs’ (payments to soccer managers from brokers as ‘thank-yous’ for signing their avid gamers) through the avid gamers’ Norwegian agent, Rune Hauge.

Then he’d requested the Spurs chairman for a brand new deal and more cash and was once being stalled. anything snapped. ’ if this is the case, it was once Redknapp’s ego that allow him down. He had controlled to persuade himself so good that he had performed an excellent activity and was once worthy very much extra money, that he wasn’t capable of see how his place may perhaps glance to someone else. Levy didn’t blink whilst challenged. so far as he was once involved, Redknapp had one other yr left on his agreement and there has been little need to do something. If Spurs certified for the Champions League the next season, then they can negotiate new phrases; if no longer, then Redknapp had come to the tip of the line at Spurs and so they may well half corporation without difficult emotions.

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