What a year! Harry Redknapp's first interview since leaving Spurs, on heart surgery, THAT court case, the England saga and leaving a club he loved



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Posted Saturday, September 15, 2012 by Dailymail

Harry Redknapp has had a sleepless night and it might have something to do with his choice of hotel room. ‘It’s the same room I had the night before the verdict of the court case,’ he says cheerily. ‘Yeah, I know. I probably shouldn’t stay here.
But the manager’s very good to me. I can park my car.’

He is not selling it terribly well. It still sounds slightly masochistic to keep returning to the scene of the darkest night of his life.

But Redknapp is in surprisingly good form given the year, never mind the night, he has had. It was not just the 13 torturous days he spent at Southwark Crown Court. Not just the failure to get one job — the job — only to then lose the one he already had. No, before that, before any of it, he had to have emergency heart surgery.

What a year! Harry Redknapp's first interview since leaving Spurs, on heart surgery, THAT court case, the England saga and leaving a club he loved
Speaking up: Harry Redknapp has been interviewed for the first time since leaving Tottenham

As he reflects for the first time in an interview on his annus horribilis, over tea at the swanky London hotel that became his home for two weeks in February, he suggests there might have been a link between the court case and the heart problems. The trial was delayed because of the illness and he now believes it could have been the stress, beyond the daily demands of being Tottenham’s manager, that made him so unwell.

‘It could have caused it,’ he says. ‘The case was with me 24 hours a day. I was working and then going home at night and not sleeping, just worrying. I am a worrier. People think I’m all calm but underneath I’m not. I just didn’t show it to the players. I never took that worry to work. But there was a pent-up emotion. I remember one game when we scored and I jumped 10 feet in the air. I was thinking, “that’s not me, why did I do that?”. But it was obviously bottled up inside me.

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