I can just picture the scene. An old man sits in his office, surrounded by cigar smoke and dodgy brown envelopes. It’s dark and there is barely enough light to reflect the silhouette of what looks like the elephant man.
Welcome to the dark, dank and odius world of Harry Redknapp – a man who just won’t take no for an answer, a man who is still up for a charge of tax evasion, a man who doth protest too much when being branded a ‘wheeler-dealer’. Call him that and you’ll witness the real life imitation of the Churchill dog in action.
I note with interest that Tottenham have bid £25 million for Andy Carroll, and I also note that Newcastle have apparently knocked this approach back. I must say that at no point has there been any confirmation of any of this, but it seems to be making headlines on most of the ‘blogs and news outlets.
This pursuit of Carroll is becoming rather tiresome now. The player has said he doesn’t want to go, the manager has said he doesn’t want him to go, the club have said he is not for sale, yet the interest from Tottenham continues.
This is the tactic of Harry Redknapp. He tries to unsettle players, and I am surprised he has been allowed to get away with it for so long. You’ll probably note that Sky Sports spend an awful lot of time at the Tottenham training ground these days, and this is down to Redknapp, and in particular it is down to his rather chubby chops and loose tongue.
Commenting on other players that are employed by other clubs is not a problem for Redknapp. Phil Neville, Steven Pienaar and our very own Andy Carroll have all been subjected to this procedure over the last few weeks. The consensus being that it’s still a very taboo thing to do as it can be construed as trying to unsettle players.
It’s about time that something was done about it in my opinion. Announcing an interest is all well and good, but when you get told no, repeatedly, there should be a hint in there somewhere. Put it this way, if a bloke was in the pub and was trying his luck with a lady, kept getting told no but continued his pursuit, he would more than likley be branded a sex pest. Using that logic, Harry Redknapp is the sex pest of the Premier League.
Redknapp has a shady past, but I don’t really give a toss about that to be fair, as long as he stops trying to unsettle our players.
As I said earlier in the article, nothing has been confirmed officially about the bid with the only quotes seeming to come from sources and not from people that matter. Mind you, I have no doubt we will hear about it soon enough, when Redknapp next shows up in front of the cameras.
As for now, I can only repeat what the club have said all along: Carroll is NOT for sale.
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