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Friday 15 December 2017

Redknapp loses his cool with cop at 'bungs' trial

HARRY Redknapp lost his cool at his football bung trial and shouted at a detective.

The Tottenham Hotspur manager told a jury: "I am a fantastic football manager not a hard-headed businessman" as he denied tax dodging.

But there were fierce exchanges with prosecutors as he took to the stand yesterday.

Redknapp (64) interrupted to vent his anger at Detective Inspector Dave Manley.

Turning his head at Southwark Crown Court, Redknapp said: "Mr Manley, will you please stop staring at me. I know you are trying to cause me a problem, okay."



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Redknapp said: "I've got no business acumen whatsoever" after telling jurors how his mind was on David Beckham while he signed off a six-figure bank transfer from Monaco to the US account of his co-accused Milan Mandaric.

He said he hired the best accountants in London to keep his books, saying: "I have always paid my taxes. I've always gone to the best available people... I have always paid too much tax rather than not enough."

When asked about the day he opened the account in the name of his dog, Rosie, Redknapp replied: "It would be a waste of time giving me forms, because I would have probably left them on a deck chair when me and Sandra went to the beach in the afternoon."

During three hours of questioning, Redknapp told prosecutor John Black he was not sure what he was accused of.

"You have got three different bonuses," Redknapp said. "I think you are not too sure where you are going."

Redknapp said he and Mandaric hit it off immediately.

"There was no-one in the world I would rather be with," Redknapp said.

Redknapp said he was reluctant when Mandaric suggested he opened a Monaco account at the centre of £189,000 (¤227,000) bung allegations.

He flew out to an HSBC branch in the tax haven in 2002.

Redknapp said: "Met a man in the bank, took my wife, Sandra waited sat on the wall outside, and I went in."

Redknapp said he raised the Monaco dealings once with Mandaric -- two years later after Portsmouth secured Premier League survival with an away win against Blackburn Rovers.

Mandaric "was cuddling me and telling me I was the greatest manager" before they shared a glass of wine, he said.

"It was a great day for us all," Redknapp said. "We started to have a glass of wine and we were so happy I thought I'd ask ... 'So Milan how did the investments go in Monaco?'

"He said 'I lost millions and millions and millions, disaster. But don't worry we'll have another go'." Redknapp said he believed Mandaric had "lost £17 million (¤20m) that year".

"It disappeared out of my head after that. It was the last time that I ever spoke to him about it."

Redknapp was on a basic salary of £300,000 (¤360,000) not including bonuses, the court heard. He said he was owed 10pc for the £3m (¤3.6m) profit Portsmouth made on the sale of Peter Crouch.



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Redknapp added: "Morally I was due the bonus, although, legally I wasn't."

Redknapp said the initial signing of Crouch for £1.25m (¤1.5m) from Queens Park Rangers was his first as director of football at Portsmouth.

Redknapp told the jury that Mandaric said: "I don't like him, he's a basketball player".

Redknapp added: "I said 'I like him, he's a good player'."

When Crouch was sold on to Aston Villa for more than £4m (¤4.8m), Redknapp said he felt he was due 10pc.

Both Redknapp and Mandaric (73) deny two counts of cheating the public revenue and the trial continues today.

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