Redknapp said paper ‘tried to ruin his cup final day’

UNHAPPY Harry Redknapp arrives at Southwark Crown Court
UNHAPPY Harry Redknapp arrives at Southwark Crown Court
Portsmouth Crown Court in Winston Churchill Avenue

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HARRY Redknapp accused the News of the World of trying to ruin his cup final day, the court heard.

The former Pompey manager was called the day before his Tottenham Hotspur team were due to take on Manchester United in the 2009 League Cup final and asked about allegations of bungs.

Southwark Crown Court heard that during the interview with reporter Rob Beasley Redknapp said: ‘You’re going to write what you want to write’ and added that it would ruin his cup final day.

The jury heard Redknapp, 64, said: ‘I know what’s going to happen Rob and you’re all barking up the wrong tree.

‘If you say the tax hasn’t been declared and it hasn’t been paid, I will sue everybody at the News of the World, make no mistake.’

Mr Beasley, appearing in the witness box, said he did not tell Redknapp the conversation was recorded.

Despite legal threats from both Milan Mandaric and Redknapp Mr Beasley said once it was published there was ‘not a single letter.’

Redknapp called Milan Mandaric as he attempted to convince the reporter everything was above board.

In a tape recording played to the court, Redknapp was heard talking to Mandaric on the phone, with Mr Beasley listening on another line.

Redknapp was heard saying: ‘I spoke to Rob Beasley earlier ... you know you paid the income, you paid the tax on that money in America right, of course you did, yeah.’

He added: ‘Well if the tax is paid in America really the Revenue are saying there is no tax ... to pay and if there is they know all about it anyway so I don’t even see what the problem is.’

Earlier prosecutor John Black QC said Redknapp’s excuses for his £180,000 offshore windfall were ‘contradictory, inconsistent and lack credibility’.

Mr Black said Redknapp’s story differed from co-defendant and former Pompey owner Mandaric’s.

‘Those explanations, the Crown say, are contradictory, inconsistent and lack credibility,’ Mr Black said.

Redknapp, of Panorama Drive, Poole, Dorset and Mandaric, 73, of Stretton Hall, Oadby, Leicestershire, deny two counts of cheating the public revenue during their time at Portsmouth.

The first charge alleges that between April, 2002 and November, 2007 Mandaric paid $145,000 (£93,100) into the account.

The second charge relates to a sum of $150,000 (£96,300) allegedly paid between May, 2004 and November, 2007.

‘Sick and tired of slurs’

HARRY Redknapp said ‘There is nothing on me in this world’ as he told Premier League bung investigators he was ‘sick and tired’ of slurs on his name, a court heard.

The former Pompey manager ‘voluntarily’ revealed details about his Monaco bank account, named after his dog Rosie, during interviews with the Quest inquiry in 2006, top accountant Nigel Layton said.

Redknapp told Mr Layton ‘I don’t care who looks’ as Portsmouth were looked into by the investigation led by former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Stevens.

It is alleged Redknapp said: ‘A friend said to me, he said “Harry, I can’t believe it’s always you, I have dealt with you enough times. Your problem is your name, Harry, and you have got a Cockney accent”.

‘People don’t know me and I am sick and tired of it.

‘There ain’t nobody who is more of a fan... My son has been a top footballer.

‘If there is any mud to be thrown, I seem to get on the end of it for whatever reason.’