Though he didn’t want to talk about it, ‘arry has revealed that he could have bought Jackie Milburn, from under Newcastle United’s noses, for two jam jars when he was player manager of the Poplar under fives.
As his managerial career progressed, ‘arry then turned down Pele when player manager of the Knees Up Mother Brown under elevens, Redknapp feeling that the Brazilian looked a decent player after winning the World Cup but that he had better players already within the sound of the Bow Bells.
‘arry’s managerial career had to take a back seat as he won a dozen domestic trophies as well as leading England to the treble, whatever that might be.
Then as manager of Bournemouth in the late eighties, he identified World Cup winner Maradona as a decent player but turned him down as he thought he had the same quality in his squad already, players that he then led down into the old third division.
A magnificent managerial career has thus followed, with countless Champions League and Premier League titles all successfully avoided.
Redknapp’s pet bulldog ‘Rosie’ was unavailable for comment.