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Name Harry Redknapp
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Football Coach
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Club as Team Queens Park Rangers
  Tottenham Hotspur

1996 01 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] I’m telling you now, he [Lampard] will go right to the very top. Right to the very top. ‘Cos he’s got everything that is needed to be a top midfield player. His attitude is first-class. He’s got strength, he can play, he can pass and he can score goals. I couldn’t be more strong in how I feel about him

1999 12 20 Retrieve

[Harry Redknapp may well have replied on hearing this Paolo di Canio quote last week] If I was Maradona - and I say this with respect to West Ham - I would not be playing for the club. But, with respect, you’re not Maradona

2000 06 01 Retrieve

[When asked Harry Redknapp last week about rumours linking him to the Nigeria job, he was just a touch sarcastic about the prospects of upping sticks and moving to the country] Yeah, well I spoke to Sandra and she’s always wanted to live in Nigeria. She said it’s amazing that this has come up now, because that was her dream. So we’re looking to sell up, we’re putting the house on the market. I’ve told her, she’d absolutely love it. I’m ready to go!

2000 12 04 Retrieve

[An emotional Harry Redknapp after Australian megastar Hayden Foxe was denied a work permit and, thus, denied the opportunity to play for West Ham] He’s Australian, he’s in the Commonwealth. They fought the war with us. I know that might sound like b**s to you but we let foreign people in who have no allegiance to the country

2003 12 02 Retrieve

[Before the game there will be a minute’s silence for former Southampton manager Ted Bates, who died last week, and Harry Redknapp, the Portsmouth manager, appealed to all fans to respect the tribute] What Ted did at Southampton was phenomenal. He was a lovely, down to earth guy and took them from being obscure and unfashionable in the Third Division to a First Division team who played in Europe. Whoever people support, if they have any knowledge and appreciation of football they will respect that totally.

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

2010 11 19 Retrieve

[I won’t shake hands! Nasri ‘will snub’ old foe Gallas as defender returns to the Emirates] The boy’s got the courage to be willing to leave Arsenal and come and play at Tottenham. That tells you something about him. It’s easy to go, ‘Oh no, I can’t do that, I’ll go somewhere else’ but it didn’t bother him.

He said, ‘I played for Arsenal, it was part of my life, I played for Chelsea, now I play for Tottenham’. Patrick Vieira was the same. Vieira wanted to come to Tottenham. He was a legend at Arsenal more than William Gallas

2011 06 11 Retrieve

[Harry Redknapp on Luka Modric] I heard some talk yesterday about Luka Modric and they’re saying £20m. £20m for Luka - they’ve got to be dreaming! He’s such a fantastic player. We’ve enquired about players and we’re being quoted more than that for people who couldn’t lace his boots! He’s a great guy, he just gets on with the job, never complains, loves his football. He’s the most low-maintenance player you’d ever wish to see. He’s irreplaceable

2014 03 13 Retrieve

[Tottenham Hotspur Manager Harry Redknapp Salutes Club Legend Bobby Smith] I loved Bobby Smith. He was a proper character, and what a player. I saw him at the Man City game and had a chat with him

[Smith achieved footballing immortality as an integral part of Bill Nicholson’s fabled Double-winning Tottenham team of 1960-61, a season in which he hit the back of the net 33 times] He was a fantastic player, part of that great double winning team. He was a lovely character, a proper case you know, a proper lad, a larger than life character, it’s sad, I’m really sorry. I remember seeing him terrorising goalkeepers in them days of European football. Battering keepers in the back of the neck but not only that, he could play as well, he was a top centre forward and a great character

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’

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] I’ll tell you why he’s stayed in the game so long – he just loves it so much. It gets in your blood and you take the job home with you. He’s a fantastic character, a top-class manager and a good man

2016 02 16 Retrieve

[on Rio Ferdinand] I tipped him at 16 to be the greatest centre-half in Europe and I think, for a time, that is exactly what he was

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[on Tony Adams] I first saw 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.Tony was such an influence that he as good as ran every dressing-room he played in, for England and Arsenal

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[on Rio Ferdinand] When he was 15, I knew he was going to be a fantastic defender

2016 03 21 Retrieve

[on Harry Kane] He’s got the lot and he is only going to get better. He can do everything, score a goal, pass it and bring other players in. If every footballer had his attitude a manager’s job would be so much easier. He’s like a Frank Lampard or a Stevie Gerrard, a consummate professional

2016 05 07 Retrieve

[Harry Redknapp, Central Coast Mariners’ new football consultant, explaining that he won’t be going to visit the Australian A-League club, while getting their name wrong in the process] No, no, I won’t be going. It’s a long way. It’s the South Coast Mariners. I met the owner, he’s a great guy, an English guy. Peter Storrie’s involved and they’ve got an English coach as well. They asked me if I would do a bit as an advisor

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

2017 02 10 Retrieve

[on Marc-Vivien Foe] [Foe was] a gentle giant. You could not meet a nicer fella. It’s just come as such a shock

2017 03 10 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] He’s got fantastic drive and determination, far above anybody else I’ve ever met in football. He trains harder than anyone I’ve ever seen by a million miles. I’ve never seen anyone else come close. When he was 15-16, I’d be sitting at 4 o’clock in my office at West Ham. It would be dark and raining and I’d see somebody 200 yards away and thought it was someone who’d climbed over the fence but it was him doing doggies, dribbling between cones, running with the ball, shooting. Every day. Not one day a week, every day

2017 03 11 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] Frank Lampard has been a superb representative of the English game, both as a player on the pitch and an ambassador off it. To reach in excess of 100 international caps is something very few professionals achieve and he is in exalted company. He has served the national team quite brilliantly during his 15-year international career

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

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino could take over at their north London rivals Arsenal] With Pochettino going from Tottenham, there will be one or two Premier League managers waking up this morning thinking, ‘oh my God, this ain’t too clever’. And there will be one or two chairmen very excited this morning thinking if there’s any way they could get him in. What a signing he’d be. There are clubs in London who are having a terrible time. Why shouldn’t he go to Arsenal if he wants to? You think the Arsenal fans wouldn’t love him there?

If you go in there and start winning football matches, they would have taken Saddam Hussein in there when he was about, the fans don’t give a monkey’s! If you start winning every week, they’re singing ‘there’s only one Saddam’. It happens in football – Sol Campbell went from Tottenham to Arsenal, George Graham did it, Terry Neill did it, Pat Jennings, one of our greatest goalkeepers in history, even he made the change. It can happen, as long as you can do the job. I would have thought Arsenal will be looking at Pochettino now thinking, ‘could we? Can we?’

2019 11 20b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho appointed new Tottenham manager] Pochettino was excellent but the same voice after six years starts to wear a little bit thin. People get used to the same message. But the same players, a new face comes in – he probably hasn’t got to do anything clever or different, just give them a bit to get them going and they’ll find another 10 per cent on Saturday at West Ham. They’ll find a spring in their step knowing their jobs are under threat now (because) Mourinho has got to be ruthless. If he doesn’t like what he sees he’ll bomb them out and bring in people he wants

2020 04 16 Retrieve

[Harry Redknapp thinks Kane would be a good fit at United] Harry Kane is a special player, he’s the best centre forward certainly in the Premier League and of his type I don’t think there’s a better centre forward anywhere.

Okay, he’s not Messi, he’s not Ronaldo, but as a centre-forward that does what he does, there isn’t anyone better. He would be a great fit for Man United, he’d be a great fit for any team […] but Man United at the moment are not better than Tottenham. I wouldn’t say there’s much between them, both teams are trying to get into the top four

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Harry Redknapp has spoken about the role he played in helping Frank Lampard get his start in management] First off I got Frank the job at Ipswich with Marcus Evans. ‘I phoned him, I said: ‘you need a manager, Frank Lampard’s your man’. He met him, loved him, offered him the job. Frank said, ‘Harry, they’ve got no budget, it’s difficult, I can’t bring any players in’. I said it was a great club but you’ve not got a magic wand, you’re going to need a bit of help. xxxx

[While that opportunity fell through, another job soon opened up at Derby County] I rang [Derby chairman] Mel Morris. He told me he was going to go for an experienced manager, I said: ‘You keep getting managers and getting rid of them, you’ve not been very clever at picking managers. Take Frank Lampard.’

He said he had no experience, but I replied: ‘There’s been lots of great managers who’ve had no experience - look at Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard … He knows the game. He’s a great professional, he understands football, he’ll bring so much to the football club’

The next day he met him in London, they had a meeting at 7 o’clock, half past eight he rung me and said he’d blown him away. I’ve given him the job. And that was it. I had no doubts he’d be a success. He’s a clever, bright lad, his work ethic is incredible, he’s been brought up with the game, he’ll be amazing