Billy Bonds has broken his near 20-year silence about his feud with Harry Redknapp by describing his former best friend as “pathetic” and being “very liberal with the truth”.
West Ham legend Bonds left Upton Park, after 27 years as a player and manager, in 1994 when Redknapp – who had been his assistant – took sole charge of the first team. Bonds felt he had been stabbed in the back by Redknapp and the pair have not spoken since. Redknapp’s new autobiography accused Bonds of being a “man out of time” and presiding over a “shambles” .
“For him to come out with what he said was disrespectful to the players and one or two of the staff who were over there,” Bonds told West Ham fans’ website Knees Up Mother Brown. “I think he’s been very liberal with the truth - but that’s much as I expected.
“I haven’t spoken to him for 20 years; I find it quite pathetic that he comes out with stuff [like that] really, to be quite honest with you.”