Redknapp ‘writes like a two-year-old’

ON TRIAL Harry Redknapp and son Jamie arrive at Southwark Crown Court
ON TRIAL Harry Redknapp and son Jamie arrive at Southwark Crown Court
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Harry Redknapp told police ‘I write like a two-year-old and I can’t spell’ as he denied taking bungs, a court heard today.

He also told officers: ‘I have never written a letter in my life.’

Jurors heard a tape recording of the former Pompey manager being taken in for questioning by City of London Police.

Redknapp said: ‘I am completely and utterly disorganised. I am not going to fiddle taxes, I pay my accountant a fortune to look after me.’

He also told officers of a feud with Milan Mandaric over a bonus he was due for the sale of Peter Crouch from Portsmouth to Aston Villa.

Regarding his relationship with Mandaric, Redknapp added: ‘I was getting bigger than him at the football club and he didn’t like it really.’

Redknapp said his co-defendant had not wanted him to sign Crouch in the first place.

Redknapp told police: ‘Mandaric told me ‘He’s useless. I think you are going to have to pay me 10%’.’

When England striker Crouch was sold on for a £3million profit, Redknapp said he was due 10%.

But chief executive Peter Storrie said ‘you’ve only got 5% Harry’ as he was due to sign a new deal, Redknapp claimed.

Redknapp said he then told Mandaric: ‘I don’t want to end up with a tax bill.’

The defendant said he had been told by Mandaric there was no tax ‘on so many occasions’.

He added that the Monaco account was ‘as far as I was concerned, it was dead’.

‘I didn’t even know what bank it was I walked into - and neither did my wife,’ Redknapp said.