It’s been an up and down career for H Redknapp Esq. Mostly down once he legs it, to be fair. The man truthfully has no equal in English football, either when it comes to drowning in cockroaches and mealworms or leaving a legacy of financial mismanagement.
1983–1992 – Harry Redknapp manages Bournemouth
2002 – Bournemouth relegated
2008 – Bournemouth in administration, docked points and relegated
Now to be quite fair, ‘Arry can’t be held directly responsible for what happened a decade or more after he left, but I think he was just warming up. I only include this to establish the pattern.
1994–2001 – Harry Redknapp manages West Ham United
2003 – West Ham relegated
2009 – West Ham relegated
2010 – West Ham saved from bankruptcy by £100m bailout by new owners
Much faster turnaround here. The downward spiral begins early.
2002–2004 and 2005-2008 – Harry Redknapp manages Portsmouth
2009 – Portsmouth delay payment of players’ wages three times in four months
2010 – Portsmouth become first PL club to go into administration, making 85 people redundant; relegation follows
2011 – New owners take over and last 4 months before going into administration themselves
2012 – Portsmouth into administration for the second time
Within a year! Go ‘Arry.
2004–2005 – Harry Redknapp manages Southampton
2005 – unusually, Southampton relegated BEFORE Redknapp walks out.
2008 – Southampton players have to be sold to avoid administration.
2009 – the old familiar tale: Southampton go into administration and are relegated (again).
Really on form now, as the downward spiral begins with him still firmly in the hot seat.
2008–2012 – Harry Redknapp manages Tottenham Hotspur
2013–18 Spurs enjoy uncharacteristic success, at least in terms of league placings if not trophies. However, the stadium debt has mounted so it’s fingers crossed that before too long the Redknapp effect is on.
2012–2015 – Harry Redknapp manages Queens Park Rangers
2013 – QPR relegated by ‘Arry.
2014 – QPR promoted by ‘Arry! Unusual turn of events, but early days…
2015 – Redknapp resigns and QPR are relegated
In a new twist, QPR had their worst period of financial mismanagement under fellow serial failure Mark Hughes before appointing Redknapp, and did not allow him to do much damage. Things have since stabilised, but the club still play in a lower division than when he joined.
2016 – Harry Redknapp manages Jordan
2018 – Katie Price narrowly avoids bankruptcy and is forced to sell personal items for a few quid on ebay.
I know he was managing the country, not the pneumatic former model, but is this financial problem really just a coincidence?
2017 – Harry Redknapp manages Birmingham City
2018 – Birmingham face ‘significant points deduction’ after financial mismanagement leaves them with wages running at 202% of income.
He’s back to his old ways. I salute you ‘Arry. Well done.