Harry Redknapp is sure to look back on his managerial career to date and wish he’d done things a little differently. After all, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
However, it appears that in his recent tell-all autobiography, the Queens Park Rangers boss is attempting to re-write history, or perhaps his memory just fails him at times.
Unfortunately for the 66-year-old, the majority of readers of Always Managing are able to remember much of what unfolded over recent years and are able to point out a number of possible flaws in his recent claims.
Here are the pick of the bunch.
CLAIM: "Everyone said I was the people’s choice, the only choice. All the senior players seemed to be up for me to get the job. I got quite a few text messages at the time from players saying they would love me to manage England: Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry.”
'REALITY?' Gerrard: "I didn't text Harry Redknapp on his personal phone. I've never had his personal number. I had a conversation with Jamie when Harry was the favourite and it was 'only a matter of days' that he was going to be manager. I asked Jamie to send my best to his Dad and said we'd all back him."
CLAIM: "When I left Bournemouth and went to West Ham as assistant manager in 1992, I’d had enough of being the bad guy. When you are the manager, you put up that team-sheet and, straight away, half the club hates you. Their wives hate you, too. At Bournemouth, Shaun Teale’s missus nearly ran me over after a row over about one hundred quid. She marched down to the training ground over some minor contractual issue, gave me a mouthful, I told her to p**s off, and the next thing I knew she was reversing out of the car park so fast she nearly took me with her."
@FootballRamble he says my wife tried to run him over the truth is my wife didnt learn to drive till years later
— shaun teale (@ShaunTeale) October 10, 2013
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CLAIM: “There is some right old rubbish talked about Gareth Bale's time with me at Tottenham. I predicted [Bale] would be our Cristiano Ronaldo. I had always felt there was more to Gareth than left-back, or even left wing.”
'REALITY?' Redknapp in 2010: “If Bale’s going to be the best anywhere, I think it’ll be from left-back. Personally I feel his best position will eventually be left-back.”
CLAIM: “Was I ever going to sell Bale? No. Was I going to loan him? No. I would never sell Gareth. I've heard talk - everyone from Richard Keys to Alex McLeish - making it sound as if what happened to Bale's career was a fluke and that I never fancied him.”
'REALITY?' Redknapp on the move that never was: “It did go pretty close. I know there were discussions between [Tottenham, Birmingham and Nottingham Forest]. The clubs had agreed the potential of the move. It was something we had to think about but he wanted to stay at Spurs. It probably got to the stage where it was Gareth's decision. He made his mind up to stay and fight for his place.”
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CLAIM: “Kenwyne Jones had spent the previous season out on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City, who were both outside the Premier League — and, at Wednesday in particular, he had looked terrific. He had only played a handful of matches for us and hadn’t been too clever but we thought perhaps this level would suit him. We got our first shock in pre-season training when we did a bleep test and Kenwyne was beaten by my assistant Kevin Bond.”
@SCFCRoss don't believe everything you read son
— Kenwyne j Jones (@KJ9nes) October 9, 2013
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CLAIM: “I didn't want to leave Portsmouth. I had done a good job there; it was Milan Mandaric's decision to bring another man in.”
'REALITY?' Redknapp after leaving Portsmouth in 2004: “It is something I have been thinking about for a while. I made it without any pressure from the chairman or the board.”
CLAIM: “Rangers had players like Jose Bosingwa, who just six months earlier had won the Champions League final with Chelsea, but he wasn’t going to give his all. I found out the extent of the problem after we beat Fulham and Bosingwa refused to sit on the subs bench. I’d had problem players in the past but I thought his attitude was disgraceful. The attitude stank. Attitude towards the game, attitude towards training. I can’t remember a worse one — and behaviour like that cannot be altered overnight.”
'REALITY?' Bosingwa: "How can he [Redknapp] make technical analysis of the players at training when he is almost constantly in the dressing room dealing with agents and rarely turns up on the pitch? He's obviously frustrated. By the way he speaks he thinks he is a type of Alex Ferguson figure, but there is a difference: throughout his long career, he has not won a single trophy."