Just a sentence in a Portmsouth News interview with Redknapp
Portsmouth News/Neil Allen -
15 October 2009 - In an exclusive interview with The News' chief sports writer Neil Allen, Harry Redknapp gives his views on Pompey and why they'll beat the drop. ...Loyalty - When I turned down Newcastle I was accused by a lot of newspapers of not having any ambition. - I was happy here, it was the perfect situation for me. The training ground was half-an-hour from home and I loved working for this club. - Around that time Birmingham also offered me a fantastic deal, David Sullivan offered me a brilliant job. I wasn't interested.
- When QPR had their rich new owners they came in and they asked me to write my own contract. I wasn't interested.- When I went to Southampton before that I accept I made a silly mistake. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing and I regretted it afterwards. It was always Pompey for me and there were not many clubs I would have left them for..." www.portsmouth.co.uk/frattonlatest/Redknapp-Pompey-wont-go-down.5735361.jp
The Times - Harry Redknapp employs barrister to handle possible legal action - Nick Szczepanik
Harry Redknapp has engaged a leading barrister in view of possible pending legal action by the tax authorities.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager is under investigation after being arrested by City of London Police in November 2007 along with Milan Mandaric, the Leicester City and former Portsmouth chairman, and Peter Storrie, the Portsmouth chief executive, on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting.
The case is now with the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office, which is expected to decide this month whether to charge Redknapp over what he has described as “a discrepancy of around £10,000 in income tax”.
Sources suggest that the Redknapp camp believes that the case against him is not a strong one, but, should it proceed, it is believed that Jim Sturman QC would act for Redknapp. Sturman has considerable expertise in the football world, having represented a number of Premier League clubs and players. He has also done pro-bono work for non-League players.
Related Links Vieira confirms he will leave Inter Police study Chelsea fans' racist chants Redknapp faces new probe into transfer deal The transfer of Peter Crouch from Portsmouth to Aston Villa for £5 million in March 2002 is understood to be the focus of the investigations. Redknapp, who had just become manager after a spell as director of football, is reported to have been paid a percentage of the fee by Mandaric. The inquiries have focused on the tax implications rather than any suggestion of fraud.
“I’ve paid £10 million in income tax in the past ten years,” Redknapp has said. “It’s in dispute whether the money is owed, and I’ve been totally up front with everyone about this. I’m sick of it.”
And bump also this profile of Redknapp from five years ago, which I'd posted here
BBC October 2008 BBC - Redknapp marks 25-year milestone
This year's FA Cup win was Harry Redknapp's first major trophy Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp celebrates 25 years in football management this weekend.
The 61-year-old's first job was at Bournemouth, where he succeeded Don Megson on 19 October 1983.
After nine years at Dean Court, he went on to manage West Ham United, Southampton, and Pompey (twice).
"I can remember my first game as if it was yesterday," said Redknapp. "We lost 9-0 at Lincoln! And it didn't get much better. We then lost 5-0 at Orient!"
He reflected to BBC Radio Solent: "Once, the Horse of the Year Show had ruined the pitch at Wembley, so we had to play the Associate Members final at Hull instead, but we won 3-1."
Redknapp's nine-year stint with the Cherries included a famous FA Cup win over Manchester United in 1984.
But, having taken Bournemouth out of the old Third Division as champions in 1987, he stayed at Dean Court until 1992, by which time he had given his talented teenage son Jamie his league debut.
Redknapp's first trophy was the Associate Members Cup - now the Football League Trophy - in 1984 Redknapp, who had spent most of his playing career with West Ham, then went back to Upton Park as assistant to Billy Bonds, before becoming Hammers manager himself in August 1994.
Then, after seven years in charge at West Ham, came his first spell at Portsmouth in March 2002, taking the club into the Premier League within 14 months as First Division champions.
After quitting Fratton Park for a year at local rivals Southampton, in which Saints were relegated to the Championship, Redknapp returned to Pompey in December 2005.
Then, after dramatically saving Pompey from the drop themselves with an unbelievable final 10-game run, Redknapp steered them to a best-ever Premier League finish of ninth in 2006/07. It's just been fantastic to be involved in the game for so long. I guess I must be doing something right
That was bettered again by one place in 2007/08, as well as the FA Cup victory over Cardiff, which qualified Redknapp and Pompey for their first journey into UEFA Cup football.
"I've had some outstanding players over the years," he said. "The likes of Paolo di Canio, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard at West Ham, and Teddy Sheringham and Paul Merson here at Portsmouth.
"But maybe one of my best signings was a big centre-half called John Williams at Bournemouth.
"He came in with 28 games to go in our title-winning season, and we only lost once, when he was suspended.
"It's just been fantastic to be involved in the game for so long. I guess I must be doing something right!"