Date:Monday October 16 2006
Harry: I`m a Miracle Worker
Harry Redknapp has basically called himself a miracle worker, for turning players who where supposedly past it, into awesome footballers.
'Kanu's done well. It's been a good start for him. I think he's enjoying his football, and the crowd are responding to him. He feels important. His confidence is high.
'I took Kanu when everyone kept telling me he was finished. But he's still a fantastic player.
'I took Arjan De Zeeuw when everyone told me he would not be a Premier League footballer as long as he lived.
'I took Paolo Di Canio to West Ham when everyone said I was off my rocker. Five years later and he was being hailed as one of the greatest ever players the club had seen.
'And I took Paul Merson to Pompey when people said he couldn't do it anymore.'
He does have a fair point though. He has forgotten to include players like Festa, Steve Stone, Patrick Berger, Shaka Hislop etc…
Redknapp also talked about how some managers know good players when they see them;
'It's all about being a good judge, Look at Martin O'Neill. He knows what he's doing. Stilian Petrov and Gareth Barry have been the best two players for Aston Villa this season - and I was chasing both of them all summer.
'Martin, Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Jewell - they all know a good player. They're good judges. And they know how to get the best out of people. They get players wanting to play for them.
'There's all this talk about modern-thinking coaches. But you can't turn bad players into good ones.'
'I've got a smashing group of players here. I've been pleased with them in training. I've been pleased with their attitude.
'It's a pleasure to come in and work with them every day. The players look around and see we've bought some good ones in during the summer. It's a good feeling to have a good squad and to train with players of quality.
'But I've always loved my time here. I feel at home here. I enjoy it.'
This article was wrote last Thursday when the system was down.
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