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Harry's Games Inside the Mind of Harry Redknapp By John Crace

Release date: 29th April, 2013
Publisher: Constable

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"I wouldn't want to come back in if I couldn't get some good lads in," said Harry Redknapp following another abysmal display by his Queens Park Rangers side at Anfield last Sunday. Rangers were already relegated, but few of his players offered their supporters much hope that they'll be making a rapid return to the top flight.

'Getting some good lads in' is, however, one of Mr Redknapp's tried and tested managerial methods which appears to work despite, as John Crace points out, the subsequent financial fall out which often occurs once 'Arry has departed. It worked most spectacularly at Spurs who were bottom of the league when he took over at White Hart Lane, yet he guided them to the riches of the Champions League.

Can something similar be done at QPR? Few football supporters would put a lot of money on them bouncing back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

So what is the secret of Redknapp's success (and despite comments to the contrary, he has been relatively successful)? Unfortunately, this book doesn't tell us. Instead, it focuses mainly on a comparatively short, six-month period in the first half of last year.

At that point, Spurs were looking like genuine title challengers and playing some outstanding football which even neutrals could admire. Harry purred, but in the background was a potentially serious court case involving tax and its alleged evasion. Harry was acquitted at almost exactly the point at which Fabio Capello resigned from his role as England manager.

Surely it was a done deal? Harry could, the football-supporting public believed, revive England in much the same way as he had Spurs. The FA thought otherwise and Roy Hodgson was installed as manager of the national side. A few months later, Harry was sacked as Tottenham manager only to re-emerge last autumn at Loftus Road.

Redknapp had encountered a turbulent, tempestuous time, yet while he always provides good press copy, the author offers little fresh insight regarding this period. Most has already been published in the newspapers. If you're looking for perceptive commentary and perhaps a glimpse of what makes Harry Redknapp tick, then you must await the definitive biography.


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