FORMER Pompey boss Harry Redknapp has criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for putting him through a ‘farcical’ tax evasion trial.
The Tottenham manager said the case should never have reached court and described his time in the dock as ‘horrendous’.
The 64-year-old, who is the favourite to be the next England manager after Fabio Capello’s departure, said the case was only brought by the CPS because ‘they thought they had nothing to lose’.
Mr Redknapp walked free from Southwark Crown Court, London, on Wednesday following a 13-day trial after jurors accepted his denials of tax dodging on £189,000 in a Monaco account.
‘It was farcical,’ said Redknapp in an emotionally charged press conference.
‘It was only (taken to court), as my barrister kept saying, because it was me.
‘It was a horrendous period - the most draining thing I have been through in my life.’
He went on to speak about the affect the trial had on his family, claiming his wife of 44 years, Sandra, fell ill because of the case.
‘It knocked her for six. It has been difficult especially for her. She’s soft.’ ‘
She’s not a tough lady at all.”