In quotes: What Harry Redknapp told the jury
Wednesday 08 February 2012
Harry Redknapp's penchant for colourful outbursts transferred from post-match press conference to courtroom. Here are some of his key quotes heard by jurors:
:: "I am a fantastic football manager not a hard-headed businessman. I've got no business acumen whatsoever" - Redknapp denies dodging tax as he gives evidence.
:: "You think I put my hand on the bible and told lies? That's an insult, Mr Black, that's an insult" - The manager fights back tears as he responds to prosecutor John Black QC saying he told "a pack of lies".
:: "If she was as nice as Rosie they have got a good wife" - Redknapp is asked in the witness box about another HSBC Monaco account by the name of Rosie.
:: "Mr Manley, will you please stop staring at me. I know you are trying to cause me a problem, OK" - Redknapp interrupts his evidence to vent his anger at Detective Inspector Dave Manley.
:: "I don't have to tell Mr Beasley the truth. I have to tell police the truth, not Mr Beasley, he's a News of the World reporter" - The defendant is cross-examined about misleading journalist Rob Beasley.
:: "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 ... I don't care who looks, your people can look. Nobody will ever find anything on me. I don't care who looks or how hard because there is nothing on me in this world" - Interviews with City of London police.
:: "I write like a two-year-old and I can't spell ... 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 even sent a text message. I have a big problem, I can't write so I don't keep anything. I am the most disorganised person, I am ashamed to say, in the world ... You talk to anybody at the football club. I don't write. I couldn't even fill a team sheet in" - Redknapp to police, June 1 2009.
:: Redknapp tells police of his chance to share an £8.5 million property investment with a business associate of former England goalkeeper David James: "He put half in what I put in up to that point and my own money was about two hundred grand, now he's in for nothing and he has half the profit. The only downside is it's only worth four million pound now and I've done like six million you know, my house is up against it but that's where I'm at, that's how useless I am with things, and you can check with my solicitor if you like. I'll give you my solicitor's name, you ask him if he's ever come across anyone as bad business-wise as I am. Unfortunately I live my life like that."
:: "You're going to write what you want to write and to f*** me up on Cup Final day - 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 the bollocks off yeah everybody at the News of the World, make no mistake, yeah" - Redknapp to News of the World reporter Rob Beasley as Tottenham Hotspur prepared to take on Manchester United in the 2009 League Cup final.
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