Redknapp enters into new war of words with Mandaric

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The bitter recriminations between Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric continued yesterday with the Southampton manager claiming his former employer was "pathetic and sad" for once more stoking what has turned into a south-coast feud.

The bitter recriminations between Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric continued yesterday with the Southampton manager claiming his former employer was "pathetic and sad" for once more stoking what has turned into a south-coast feud.

"If you took what he said seriously, you would end up in a mental home. It is not worth bothering about," Redknapp said of the Portsmouth chairman. He was responding to the latest outburst from Mandaric in which he blamed Redknapp for the problems Portsmouth are facing, having lost eight of their last 10 Premiership games.

Mandaric said the temporary Portsmouth manager Velimir Zajec was "10 times more of an asset than the previous people we have had here. It was the previous management that screwed things up and we are still trying to put things right."

Redknapp, whose South-ampton side face Manchester United in the FA Cup tomorrow, responded: "I can't be bothered to answer him, it is so pathetic. How did I do them any damage? I took them from fourth from bottom of the First Division to mid-table in the Premiership. I feel sorry for him."

The latest spat will do little to end the ill-feeling, especially as Southampton visit Ports-mouth on 24 April.

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