Date:Monday September 11 2006
Pompey Manger Harry Redknapp, along with other Managers will shortly find out the results of the Premier League enquiry into football corruption, and amidst fresh claims made against arry he has been quick to counter with a statement on his innocence.
A Panorama programme looking into the alleged widespread corruption among football is to be screened on BBC One on the 18th September with Redknapp one of he managers targeted. When speaking in the Sun Redknapp said.
"I spoke to this bloke for about five minutes, if that. He told me he had some world-class players he could bring to England and I said 'Good luck to you'."
"We chatted while all the Portsmouth apprentices sat around and that was about it."
"He went away and I thought that was the end of it. Now I find I am at the centre of some big investigation, yet again."
"I thought this bloke was a genuine football agent."
"I can't say 'Show me the evidence' if this bloke was taping it all."
"But there is no evidence against me. I don't even know why my name has been dragged into all this. It's cobblers."
Mike Newell, Manager of Championship side Luton would open the lid on the investigation into football's corruption, conducted by Lord Steven, with his allegations that a "bung" was offered to him by a football agent and such occurrences are common place in football.
Redknapp is no angel it has to be said but he says he has nothing to hide, and although he is often seen as bit of a Dell Boy if he has nothing to hide then you would believe him. It is often claimed he may have accepted a few brown envelopes in the past (along with most other Managers it must be added!) and even if this is the case there is no way that he would be fooled into such an act with so much attention drawn to this type of thing over the past year, and more than likely before.
Redknapp would begin his coaching career with a former club, and fellow South Coast outfit Bournemouth in 1982 as an Assistant, but would become the outright manager in 1984 and has not looked back since.
After his Bournemouth resignation in 1992 he returned to his first club West Ham, again as an Assistant manager. When Billy Bonds left the club Redknapp would take up the position of Manager in 1994. Either being sacked or resigning, in a move that remains a mystery still to this day he left the Hammers in May 2001.
It wouldn't take him long to return to football, arriving at Fratton Park in the summer of 2001, initially as Director of Football. Having rejected the opportunity to leave this role to take over as Leicester City boss he would eventually succeed Graham Rix, a move that would always be likely following his arrival.
Under Redknapp's leadership in his first full season as Manager he won us the old First Division Championship, guiding us back to the top flight. A very creditable 13th place finish, in fact more than creditable, our most successful to date would be achieved in our first Premiership season.
I'll never forget the classic LIVE SKY Sports game with Fulham, some of his post match comments seemed to imply the end was near, and so it proved. Disagreements with Milan Mandaric would see Redknapp walk away from Fratton Park on an emotional 23rd November 2004. Then would follow his, well we all know what would follow, we'll skip past this...
A little over a year after leaving Pompey Redknapp would return to his spiritual home (in a move shrouded in controversy that split fans) and guided us to the seemingly impossible Premiership safety when we appeared dead and buried. With 'arry no longer a spring chicken, a new three-year contract would be signed in the summer which is likely to see him end his managerial career at Fratton Park, although with 'arry you never know...
He will more than likely follow one of the following three paths:
* See this three-year deal through and carry on...
* See this three-year deal through and walk away from football all together...
* See this three-year deal through then seek a fresh challenge...
The one constant here is I expect him to see out his three-year deal at least, and the latest allegations against him will not alter this in the slightest.
Date:Monday September 11 2006
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