Harry Redknapp's incredible career

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp

by Simon Carter , Sports Editor 8:00am Thursday 28th February 2013 in Sport

“I’ve never been relegated from the Premier League and I don’t intend to start now.”

Those were the words uttered by Harry Redknapp over eight years ago as he took on the challenge of keeping Saints in the Premier League.

Sitting in a chair next to chairman Rupert Lowe in the media room at St Mary’s, they flowed out of his mouth on December 8 2004.

An extraordinary chain of events had led to Redknapp quitting his beloved Portsmouth and taking over at their arch rivals.

Yet the bizarre marriage of Lowe and Redknapp was to end in an acromonious divorce less than a year later, with Redknapp decamping back to Fratton Park and admitting his time at St Mary’s was one of the biggest mistakes of his life.

For the first time since his departure in November 2005, Redknapp returns to St Mary’s this weekend to take his seat in the opposition dug-out as manager of Queens Park Rangers.

His appearance brings back memories of a script so unlikely it would have been rejected by soap opera writers.

Don't miss the two-page feature on Harry Redknapp's incredible career in today's Daily Echo

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8:07am Thu 28 Feb 13 Seedhouse the Unrepentant says…

He's a liar and a crook and it is unbelievable that the football world still gives him house room.

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8:18am Thu 28 Feb 13 mbetts says…

This story, the headline, the whole point is just a wind up! The Echo stoking the fire before Saturday, Redknapps hated at St Mary's as he will be at Loftus Road next season when they're relegated and bust.

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8:24am Thu 28 Feb 13 Benali76 says…

The media love him and bill him as the great Harry Redknapp. On face of it he looks to have done pretty well at most of his clubs - results wise. But every footy fan knows the truth, where he left the clubs he was in charge of. Bournemouth - bankrupt, West Ham - had to sell a whole golden generation to avoid going bust, Portsmouth - put out of existence (soon), Saints - bankrupt. See a pattern emerging? Now he is at QPR spending untold money on a band of mercenaries to replace the other failing band of mercenaries in a desperate bid to stay up. They won't and he will leave them...... bankrupt, to add to his fantastic portfolio. The guy is poison, but must be some sort of Derren Brown to convince these chairmen to let him spend all their money, knowing the track record he has.

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8:24am Thu 28 Feb 13 Stroppy_gramps says…

yep, complete scraping of the barrel by the DE again in an attempt to stoke the fires of rumour, misinformation and gossip. The fans will probably boo him when he walks out and that will be it. and thats ALL it should be from the Saints fans. Redknapp managed our club for a short while some years ago. He wasn't very good. That's all there is to it. We don't need to concentrate on history unlike our fishy neighbours. It's where we are going that counts.

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8:32am Thu 28 Feb 13 costa gaz says…

In all the years of management he has one major honour to his name and we all know how that was achieved don't we? He represents all that is wrong with the game... give him hell on Saturday!!

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8:40am Thu 28 Feb 13 Clever Dick says…

Well qpr have 11 games left with 17 points already chalked up. They have one of the easier run ins but still have Everon and Liverpool away and Ars at home. If they win 6 , which will be a minor miracle, they will end up with 35 points. That's not enough and they will be going down with the Redknapp. They then have the massive problem of huge wages and underperforming players in the C/ship.

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8:57am Thu 28 Feb 13 Tirau Dan says…

Benali76 wrote…

The media love him and bill him as the great Harry Redknapp. On face of it he looks to have done pretty well at most of his clubs - results wise. But every footy fan knows the truth, where he left the clubs he was in charge of. Bournemouth - bankrupt, West Ham - had to sell a whole golden generation to avoid going bust, Portsmouth - put out of existence (soon), Saints - bankrupt. See a pattern emerging? Now he is at QPR spending untold money on a band of mercenaries to replace the other failing band of mercenaries in a desperate bid to stay up. They won't and he will leave them...... bankrupt, to add to his fantastic portfolio. The guy is poison, but must be some sort of Derren Brown to convince these chairmen to let him spend all their money, knowing the track record he has.

well put.. but more simplistically how can a man have an account in monte carlo casino in his dogs name and be a fit person to manage a football team. This man has brought shame on football and gets away with it.. The Eurocops are watching Harry.. They are watching you you are in their little black Ipad.

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9:00am Thu 28 Feb 13 Stnana says…

Stroppy_gramps wrote…

yep, complete scraping of the barrel by the DE again in an attempt to stoke the fires of rumour, misinformation and gossip. The fans will probably boo him when he walks out and that will be it. and thats ALL it should be from the Saints fans. Redknapp managed our club for a short while some years ago. He wasn't very good. That's all there is to it. We don't need to concentrate on history unlike our fishy neighbours. It's where we are going that counts.

As predicted by St Retford - Redknappgeddon

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9:11am Thu 28 Feb 13 Seedhouse the Unrepentant says…

Stroppy_gramps wrote…

yep, complete scraping of the barrel by the DE again in an attempt to stoke the fires of rumour, misinformation and gossip. The fans will probably boo him when he walks out and that will be it. and thats ALL it should be from the Saints fans. Redknapp managed our club for a short while some years ago. He wasn't very good. That's all there is to it. We don't need to concentrate on history unlike our fishy neighbours. It's where we are going that counts.

All? He took us down after 27 years in the top flight.

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9:16am Thu 28 Feb 13 Alicesdad says…

The Echo has completely missed the point and forgotten to mention that both Harry would love to have Morgan Schneiderlin in his team. Morgan's influence on Harry is plain to see as Harry continues to try to buy players as good as Morgan. Morgan Schneiderlin made no actual comment on this subject but it is always good to have his name in these threads.

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9:23am Thu 28 Feb 13 Alicesdad says…

I predict a riot

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9:24am Thu 28 Feb 13 Alicesdad says…

Morgan Schneiderlin predicts a riot.

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9:27am Thu 28 Feb 13 Alicesdad says…

Today is MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN day.

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9:53am Thu 28 Feb 13 St Retford says…

Someone told me the other day why he got sacked from Spurs. Apparently the chairman had had this awful time and his wife had got quite ill and he wasn't feeling too clever and Harry bowled up asking for a shedload of cash to spaff on players and the chairman just got so annoyed with him he decided to sack him. It was a wise move. Isn't it funny how the only club that hasn't been ruined by Redknapp is the one that had the good sense to sack him?

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9:55am Thu 28 Feb 13 rpjcheney says…

Ooh, top quality fan baiting from the Daily Echo. Let the Harry bashing commence at full force!! I have never understood why anyone thinks that he is a good manager - patchy success and a string of clubs in a worse financial position following his wheeling and dealing And my missus has never understood how that rather handsome Jamie Redknapp could possibly be genetically linked to him. All very bewildering...

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9:56am Thu 28 Feb 13 redsnapper says…

OMG and the Echo scribblers wonder why they are as welcome as the proverbial brown lump in a swimming pool a St Mary's!! Why 2 pages on this cockney crook? There is no need to write anything about him , he happily gobs off to the media 24/7.and no one in Southampton is interested in anything he has to say. Undoubtedly Arry will say some weasel words about looking forward to his trip to St Marys yap yap yap but it wont help him, he is despised by most true Saints fans and long will it continue.

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10:03am Thu 28 Feb 13 InCortesewetrust says…

At least dick Turpin had the decency to wear a mask! Onnist Arry is a laughing all the way to Rosie the dogs off shore bank account !.

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10:08am Thu 28 Feb 13 right back in the bar says…

Enjoyed these posts about Redknapp. Don't credit the idot with too much intelligence. This is someone who believes in his own myth to the extent that at one point in time he thought he would be England manager - failing to see beyond a campaign to appoint him engineered for the media's own amusement. If he was just thick and stupid I could ignore him; but I depise him because he is a fraud and a crook who lays waste to everything he touches and gets away with it. But when we beat them on Sat, QPR wil be almost buried, and so too will the myth of Harry Redknapp.

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10:27am Thu 28 Feb 13 Mush On The Beach says…

Harry is certainly one of those characters in football who generates the marmite/vegemite effect. He is the media darling always willing with a sound bite. You can’t argue that a lot of his teams have played good entertaining football. He has signed a wealth of quality players in his time and he would argue many have them have turned a handsome profit for the club. Then there is the dark side, touched on already by the posts above. It is incredible that he is constantly given the funds, but more fool them. He did take us down which was unforgivable with the squad we had. So in conclusion, I hope he has a rather uncomfortable day with his hemroids giving him as much discomfort as the Saints fans. I don’t hate him but I will enjoy seeing us put another nail in his managerial coffin.

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10:36am Thu 28 Feb 13 saint in dordogne says…

It's his B day saturday and saints are going to give him a surprise he's going to want to forget but wont be able to!! COYR COMORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN COLAMBERT get your 195th to 200th goals

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10:48am Thu 28 Feb 13 Alicesdad says…

The real reason he didn't get the England job was that during the negotiations he asked for £300 million to buy some Brazilian players. The FA felt that FIFA might not like this. FIFA confirmed this mainly because Brazil aren't in the EU. It also didn't help that Harry asked for part of the money to be divided up into numerous brown paper bags and the rest was to be wired to his dog's bank account in Switzerland. The FA, being shrewd and knowledgeable, decided this was all an utterly ridculous request. They turned him down flat as they thought he should have used the money to buy German and Spanish players.

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11:28am Thu 28 Feb 13 summercat says…

Completely off topic -'Rafael Benitez has said he will leave Chelsea in May' Odds on Sir Nigel will get the job!

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11:29am Thu 28 Feb 13 SPIKEISLANDTRADER says…

Anyone with HIS c.v. would be unemployable , or a CROOK , watch out for the SKATE comments , they will be circling ready to take the bait . C.O.Y.R. bury the QUEENS for good

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11:40am Thu 28 Feb 13 BracknellSaint says…

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…

Stroppy_gramps wrote…

yep, complete scraping of the barrel by the DE again in an attempt to stoke the fires of rumour, misinformation and gossip. The fans will probably boo him when he walks out and that will be it. and thats ALL it should be from the Saints fans. Redknapp managed our club for a short while some years ago. He wasn't very good. That's all there is to it. We don't need to concentrate on history unlike our fishy neighbours. It's where we are going that counts.
All? He took us down after 27 years in the top flight.

I hope he gets absolute pelters. He's got so much to hate about him- Onl manager in 27 years to manage to get us relegated- and this AFTER the move to the bigger stadium!- He's a skunty-smelling crook from the small team down the road, he's crooked and overrated by the media to the extent the love-in with him for the England job was sickening, and he's won one trophy, bought by invisible money and local charities pockets.. I can't stand the man, and I seriously hope that he, and MOTD cameras pick up on just how we detest him. Come on Saints, smash QPR, and put another nail in their premier league coffin.

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11:44am Thu 28 Feb 13 IOAD says…

Hang on. I thought we were all supposed to be in love with Alan Pardew. Come on Echo, make up your mind! Is it now going to be a two week Harry Redknapp love in? And what then? RL's debt of gratitude to CH? Brendan Rogers remembers afternoons spent working in the chip concession in Canute's Pavillion, Ocean Village? Let's have some news!

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11:50am Thu 28 Feb 13 Strasbourg Saint says…

I think people are being a bit harsh on 'arry. I enjoyed seeing his short stint at SMS. Of course, what I call his short stint, you'd probably refer to as his daughter-in-law, Louise.

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12:07pm Thu 28 Feb 13 forever a saint says…

harry redcrapp is the DRACULA of football..clubs get sucked dry by this mans antics then he leaves them in near oblivion EVEN our fishy rivals will agree as they hang on to an existance bestowed on them by arry.He WILL be relegated this season UNLESS he leaves in the penultimate game citing personal reasons or health !! COYS

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12:45pm Thu 28 Feb 13 Mush On The Beach says…

You have to feel sorry for the FA and I never thought I’d say that. Imagine the scene at HQ, the nation is restless after the dosh they wasted on Fabio and we are demanding an English manager. Roy, Harry, Psycho or? What would you have done? I admit I thought it would be Harry, did they get it right? The answer is YES btw, because Harry had time to take the Rs down, ensuring our Prem party

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12:56pm Thu 28 Feb 13 hates the skates says…

all the chairmen he has worked for have clearly been mugs- the only one wit a bit of savvy- daniel levy saw the light and had the sense to sack him!!!! tony fernades will be filing for a bankruptcy hearing in the not to distant future under the amazingly crap harry redknapp. THAT daily echo will be a story#

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12:57pm Thu 28 Feb 13 Strasbourg Saint says…

Well done DE on the headline for this. To use the word 'incredible' is superb. The word 'incredible' comes from 'credere' - truth, from which we get words like 'creed' (belief), 'credit' and 'credence'. That is why we can substitute 'incredible' with 'unbelievable'. Well, you get the point.

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1:01pm Thu 28 Feb 13 Confucious says…

In fairness I think we should recognise that 'arry helped to ruin Poopey.

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1:16pm Thu 28 Feb 13 Strasbourg Saint says…

Confucious wrote…

In fairness I think we should recognise that 'arry helped to ruin Poopey.

Yes, but he's been ruein' it ever since.

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2:34pm Thu 28 Feb 13 Five Trophies Between Us says…

Stroppy_gramps wrote…

yep, complete scraping of the barrel by the DE again in an attempt to stoke the fires of rumour, misinformation and gossip. The fans will probably boo him when he walks out and that will be it. and thats ALL it should be from the Saints fans. Redknapp managed our club for a short while some years ago. He wasn't very good. That's all there is to it. We don't need to concentrate on history unlike our fishy neighbours. It's where we are going that counts.

u cant cos u aint got any history. haha

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2:35pm Thu 28 Feb 13 Five Trophies Between Us says…

i wld just love it if qpr wentdown there n got 3 points just LOVE it LOVE it love IT

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2:36pm Thu 28 Feb 13 Rising_Son says…

Five Trophies Between Us wrote…

Stroppy_gramps wrote…

yep, complete scraping of the barrel by the DE again in an attempt to stoke the fires of rumour, misinformation and gossip. The fans will probably boo him when he walks out and that will be it. and thats ALL it should be from the Saints fans. Redknapp managed our club for a short while some years ago. He wasn't very good. That's all there is to it. We don't need to concentrate on history unlike our fishy neighbours. It's where we are going that counts.
u cant cos u aint got any history. haha

Oops. Someone with a bad case of lucienfreud.

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3:12pm Thu 28 Feb 13 Dasal says…

Five Trophies Between Us wrote…

Stroppy_gramps wrote…

yep, complete scraping of the barrel by the DE again in an attempt to stoke the fires of rumour, misinformation and gossip. The fans will probably boo him when he walks out and that will be it. and thats ALL it should be from the Saints fans. Redknapp managed our club for a short while some years ago. He wasn't very good. That's all there is to it. We don't need to concentrate on history unlike our fishy neighbours. It's where we are going that counts.
u cant cos u aint got any history. haha

Don't really want to "bite" but.. "HISTORY" is ALL you,ve got !!!!!!!

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3:18pm Thu 28 Feb 13 Strasbourg Saint says…

Someone's just got up then. A lay in, so it can't be giro day. Out of interest, do you think 5trops would know what the time is there? It's just after 4pm in Strasbourg and just after 3pm in Southampton, so that probably makes it about 1500 on Portsea Island, doesn't it?

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3:46pm Thu 28 Feb 13 The Mad Dog says…

INCREDIBLE? It's Harry (I only twich when I'm lying) Rednapp they are talking about. The only thing incredible about his career is that he's got away with it for so long and for so many clubs

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4:47pm Thu 28 Feb 13 Clever Dick says…

Five Trophies Between Us wrote…

i wld just love it if qpr wentdown there n got 3 points just LOVE it LOVE it love IT

If that were to happen we'd be sharing the same number of points then wouldn't we. Of course our game is in the EPL. And yours is NOT.

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5:02pm Thu 28 Feb 13 mack chinnon says…

Five Trophies Between Us wrote…

i wld just love it if qpr wentdown there n got 3 points just LOVE it LOVE it love IT

Mind the gap.

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7:26pm Thu 28 Feb 13 Baddesley Bill says…

costa gaz wrote…

In all the years of management he has one major honour to his name and we all know how that was achieved don't we? He represents all that is wrong with the game... give him hell on Saturday!!

We most certainly will!

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8:12pm Thu 28 Feb 13 hates the skates says…

Five Trophies Between Us wrote…

i wld just love it if qpr wentdown there n got 3 points just LOVE it LOVE it love IT

funny that, we got something in common, id just love, love it, love it when your in the conference next season ha ha ha ha hhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaa. and best of all? you got arry to thank 4 it!!!!! haha ha ha!!!!! do you still love it? coz i fu@king do haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aa

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8:43pm Thu 28 Feb 13 Simmo13 says…

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…

He's a liar and a crook and it is unbelievable that the football world still gives him house room.

He done the dirty on Billy Bonds at West Ham took his job !

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8:53pm Thu 28 Feb 13 Simmo13 says…

Five Trophies Between Us wrote…

Stroppy_gramps wrote…

yep, complete scraping of the barrel by the DE again in an attempt to stoke the fires of rumour, misinformation and gossip. The fans will probably boo him when he walks out and that will be it. and thats ALL it should be from the Saints fans. Redknapp managed our club for a short while some years ago. He wasn't very good. That's all there is to it. We don't need to concentrate on history unlike our fishy neighbours. It's where we are going that counts.
u cant cos u aint got any history. haha

Here's the local village idiot again he makes me laugh the thick twit bet he's covered in tattoos of Harry Twitcher !

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