Tottenham Hotspur Boss On Trail For Tax Evasion | Football


Harry Redknapp, Tottenham Hotspur Mananger

Spurs’ Manager, Harry Redknapp, Accused of Tax Evasion

Tottenham Hotspur boss, Harry Redknapp, has spoken to his assistant Kevin Bond before and after each day of current his tax case, with much of the discussion related to the team selection for Friday night's FA Cup fourth-round clash with Watford.

Both men deny the charges and a two-week trial is due to began at London’s Southwark Crown Court on January 23.

In a police interview played to the jury on the fourth day of his trial, Redknapp explained that he left all financial management to his accountant.

Redknapp is charged with receiving a transfer “bung” of £187,000 from former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric during his time as manager of the club.

Reportedly, the funds were paid into a secret Moncao bank account opened under the codename ‘Rosie 47’ to avoid tax.

“My accountant runs my life, I don’t have wage slips, I have not seen a wage slip in 10 years.I don’t see bank statements,” said Redknapp.

“I have a big problem, I can’t write, so I don’t keep anything. I’m the most disorganised person and I’m ashamed to say in the world, I can’t work a computer, I don’t know what an email is, I can’t, I have never sent a fax and I’ve never sent a text message.

“Malcolm Webber runs my life - he writes the cheques for me and my wife. I have never wrote a letter in my life. I write like a two year-old and I can’t spell. You talk to anyone at the football club, I don’t write, I couldn’t even fill a teamsheet in.”

“Malcolm rang me up three weeks ago and said, ‘Harry, I’ve got some good news’, I said what was that, he said: ‘You have got a £70,000 bonus for getting to the Carling Cup final.’ I don’t have my contract.”

“Malcolm rang me and said: ‘Harry where’s your payments from The Sun.’ I said I don’t know. Where are they, in the bank aren’t they? You ring The Sun, they hadn’t paid me for 18 months.”

Redknapp also told police that he had refused a £200,000 pay-off from Portsmouth when he left the club because “he did not want their money”.

“We fell out, I got fed up with him,” Redknapp said. “Milan got the needle, I became bigger than him at the club and he didn’t like that.”

“I said I don’t want their money,” Redknapp told police. “Tell them to give it to the youth football in Portsmouth. So I’m not going to be involved in a tax fiddle in Monaco, it’s impossible. Why was I going to fiddle £20,000 to £30,000 when I walked away from £200,000 of their money. I don’t need to fiddle.”

Redknapp’s defence counsel, John Kelsey-Fry QC, detailed a list of Redknapp’s  failed investments including a £250,000 loan to a friend who was bidding to buy Oxford United that “disappeared into the mist”.

He asked about Redknapp’s bank relationship manager Alan Hills: “Do you remember an occasion when he was persuaded to loan, at very short notice, £250,000 to buy Oxford United and that money just disappeared into the mist?”

Hills replied: “I have never seen it, yes.”

Kelsey-Fry put it to Hills that “to describe Mr Redknapp as a hard-headed businessman with considerable financial acumen is putting it rather high?”

“Mr Redknapp has a very good knowledge of property and when it comes to property he has been involved he has done well. But when it comes to share investments done on the indexes it is fair to say they were very unsuccessful.”

Hills also told the court he was given conflicting explanations as to why more than £187,000 in alleged “bungs” was paid into the Monaco bank account, and that he was not told about the account until six years after it had been opened.

Hills said he was originally told the money in the account was a gift from Mandaric, but was later informed that it was connected with a bonus owed to Redknapp from the sale of Peter Crouch to Aston Villa in 2002.

Redknapp and Mandaric both deny two counts of cheating the public revenue. The trial continues on Friday, with Redknapp expected to attend Tottenham’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against Watford at Vicarage Road tonight following proceedings.

Redknapp was born in Poplar, London. His previous Clubs are: AFC Bournemouth, West Ham United, Southampton, and Portsmouth before coming to Tottenham Hotspur. His honors include FA Cup: 2008; First Division: 2003; Third Division: 1987; InterToto Cup: 1999.

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