Prosecutors have accused Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp of taking bungs (bribes) in an offshore tax dodge.
Harry Redknapp arriving at Southwark Crown Court yesterday
That was the news yesterday in the first day of his trial, and the prosecutors will today call their first witnesses. Redknapp is accused of putting about £189K into a Monaco account, under the name of his pet dog, Rosie.
When the case was opened in the Southwark Crown Court yesterday, prosecutor John Black described the payments as a bribe, and was paid into a bank outside of British territory to avoid paying UK taxes.
One of the payments was £3M profit that the Portsmouth club made on the sale of England striker Peter Crouch, and Redknapp is being put on trial with Milan Mandaric, who was Chairman of the Portsmouth club at the time.
The question that obviously comes up is if Harry is indeed found guilty – and only if he is found guilty – will that then disqualify him from becoming the England manager when Fabio Capello gives up the England job after the Euro 2012 tournament.
Harry Redknapp is currently the red hot favorite.
If it does disqualify Harry then who does that leave to become the next England manager?
If the Football Association want to have an Englishman, it leaves managers like Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew, who are the English names that immediately come to mind.
And if Alan Pardew continues with his great work on Tyneside, and gets Newcastle into Europe for next season, there’s at least a chance Alan could be offered the job.
And as we heard last Friday he would take it – although he wonders himself if he’s ready for the job at the moment.
It’s at least a possibility and that would be just our luck, but even if Redknapp is found guilty, it’s still a long shot that Alan would get the England job.
What do you think?