Harry's Games: Inside the Mind of Harry Redknapp

John Crace

Harry's Games: Inside the Mind of Harry Redknapp

Who is Harry Redknapp? Football genius or football chancer? Master tactician or practical joker? How is it that even when he was facing court proceedings for tax evasion so many people were still seriously tipping him to be the next England manager? How can one man have two such diametrically opposed and incompatible career trajectories? Does the longing to have an English manager in charge of the national side warp people's thinking?'To Portsmouth fans, Redknapp was the man who walked on water and won them an FA Cup. To Southampton fans, he is still the devil incarnate who had them relegated before jumping ship to their arch rivals. Spurs fans aren't sure what he is, bit don't care as long as he keeps the team together and winning. Sometimes he's the Messiah, at others the clown. Whoever he is, Crace is determined to find out. 3.2 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Harry's Games: Inside the Mind of Harry Redknapp

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Biography, Sports, Hobbies & Games
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Date of Publication April 2013
ISBN 978-1780339115
Publisher Constable
 

Who is Harry Redknapp? Football genius or football chancer? Master tactician or practical joker? How is it that even when he was facing court proceedings for tax evasion so many people were still seriously tipping him to be the next England manager? How can one man have two such diametrically opposed and incompatible career trajectories? Does the longing to have an English manager in charge of the national side warp people's thinking?'To Portsmouth fans, Redknapp was the man who walked on water and won them an FA Cup. To Southampton fans, he is still the devil incarnate who had them relegated before jumping ship to their arch rivals. Spurs fans aren't sure what he is, bit don't care as long as he keeps the team together and winning. Sometimes he's the Messiah, at others the clown. Whoever he is, Crace is determined to find out.

Reviews

The New Statesman

Sophie Elmhirst

At times the book can feel like the result of someone trying to get dressed in the dark: a cobbled together collection of information from a mass of sources and voices. But it works: Crace succeeds in dismantling the facade of the kind of Olympic-level charmer who even when in court for tax evasion can seduce a crowd

16/05/2013

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The Sunday Times

Rod Liddle

This book, by the Guardian journalist John Crace, who is a fan of both ’Arry and Spurs, attempts to poke inside Mr Redknapp’s psyche, but it does not get very far because, basically, the author has effectively no sources other than journalist colleagues. In the end, Crace settles for calling Redknapp “complex” — for which, many thanks.

19/05/2013

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