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Name Harry Redknapp
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Football Coach

Affiliation

Club as Team Queens Park Rangers
  Tottenham Hotspur

2010 01 08 Retrieve

[Harry Redknapp reveals he almost signed Patrick Vieira last summer but chose not to follow up his interest this month] I was interested in the summer, very interested and he was keen to come to Tottenham at the time. He showed a lot of bottle to want to play at Tottenham after being such a legend at Arsenal. That shows his character to want to take that challenge on. But it didn’t happen because he got back into the squad at Inter Milan and it drifted

This time when he was available I did get some phone calls about the possibility again but we felt we’d moved on a bit from then and we were happy with what we had at the club

He’s a leader, a great character and was a fantastic player at Arsenal. I think any club would want Patrick in their team if he is anywhere near what he was - but only time will tell whether he is. But Mancini knows him well. He’s no fool and he knows whether he is capable or not

2015 05 07 Retrieve

[From his book: A Man Walks on to a Pitch, defends the standard of English managers and claims some don’t get the plaudits they deserve] Louis van Gaal couldn’t have done a better job with Hull City than Steve Bruce did last year. Yet did his heroics in the League and FA Cup create even a ripple at Old Trafford? Was Steve, a great competitor and wonderful player for United, even considered for the Manchester United job?

OK, a few times in his career it hasn’t worked out but that would be true of Van Gaal, too, if he had spent his managerial life at clubs like Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town or Hull

I don’t understand why owners suddenly lost faith in British managers. Unless Frank Lampard or John Terry gets the job, do you really see Roman Abramovich appointing an Englishman to Chelsea? Or even a British manager? Maybe Brendan Rodgers might come into the frame, but would he leave Liverpool for Stamford Bridge?

[Paul Scholes is better than Giggs and Keane] Paul Scholes was playing tiki-taka football when nobody in England knew what it was. He was another of those players, like Denis Law or Bobby Moore, who at 15 probably looked as if he wouldn’t make it. Too small, you would think – can’t run, dumpy little ginger nut – but then the ball would come to him and he would dazzle you. He was the best footballer in that Manchester United midfield, better than Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane

[Patrick Vieira’s rivalry with Roy Keane] Gareth Southgate tells a story about those two warriors. Roy had just started his career as a pundit with ITV and was covering a Manchester City match. The presenter told Roy there was a special guest he might remember from his playing days

Gareth could see Vieira walking towards them, in his new role as a City ambassador. Gareth says the change in Keane’s demeanour was terrifying: his mood darkened, his eyes narrowed, he stiffened and his grip on the table was almost white-knuckle. Nearly 10 years after they had last played each other, Roy had gone into battle mode. It looked as if it could backfire horribly, but the first words out of Patrick’s mouth were so complimentary towards Roy it just defused the situation

[Roy Keane the manager] Roy Keane is working in the game at Aston Villa and Ireland, but it seems a real shame to have a man of his stature outside United. Would they have come seventh last season if Keane had been around to pull the players up?

He would have been after them as he always was in the peak years, when there were no short-cuts at United and those messages were passed from Sir Alex, through Keane. There is a story of him laying into Mark Bosnich, the goalkeeper, for turning up late on his first day of training. Bosnich said he’d got lost. Keane’s point was that on his own first day at the club, he got up early, hired a taxi and followed it to the training ground in his car to ensure he arrived on time

I know Roy had a reputation for being high maintenance but I never found him that way. He was as good as gold as a manager and if you asked him about players you always got excellent, straight opinions

[Arsene Wenger: Suddenly all the talk was about his revolutionary new training methods] The arrival of Arsene Wenger in 1996 certainly heralded a change in English football. He was very successful very quickly, and suddenly all the talk was about his revolutionary new training methods. He only trains for an hour … does everything on the stopwatch … the players are wearing heart monitors at training … he gives them supplements … Prozone is one of the biggest changes

Last season, when QPR were due to play Blackpool, our most recent scout’s report had them operating with four at the back and two holding midfield players. In the old days, that would have been all that was available

[If Chelsea ever lose faith in John Terry, I’d take him like a shot] Terry is another influential player. He’s one of those that change a club. If we could take him to QPR from Chelsea I would feel very confident, just with that one signing alone, that we would stay up

He gets people at it, he’s a talker, he takes charge of the dressing-room. It’s hard to find leaders, though I’m lucky enough to have Rio Ferdinand with me. It’s hard to find talkers, organisers. I don’t know why, but it is so hard to find a player prepared to speak his mind

Everyone sits there with headphones, looking at an iPad or playing a computer game. Is it any wonder modern players lack communication skills? Terry is a throwback in the way he bosses a team

The modern Tony Adams – I can’t pay him a higher compliment than that. Some people may think John is a dubious role model, but I would have no hesitation in saying to any of the young academy defenders at QPR: ‘Go and watch Chelsea tonight, go and watch Terry, study him all game’

2016 09 17 Retrieve

[Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp says Gareth Bale has what it takes to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or] Bale has everything. He’s great in the air, is strong, can run long distances and has a venomous shot. When Gareth joined Real Madrid, I said he was behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but now all he has to do is claim his place at the top. I think he could win this year if he has a good Champions League

2016 10 10 Retrieve

[Harry Redknapp on Tony Adams at 16] I first say him aged 16 and I don’t think I have ever seen a player of that age bossing a game in that way. It stayed with me for a long time

2019 03 23 Retrieve

[Harry Redknapp believes England can reach the summit with their current squad] It’s such an exciting time. [Gareth Southgate] is in for a great ride with these young kids. I just see so much talent there, the future looks amazing. I think we are on course to win a European Championship or World Cup in the next eight years. There is a big competition in this group of England players