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Harry Redknapp: I loved that dog Rosie to bits

Spurs manager explained that he had to add his birth date to his dog’s name to as there was another Monaco account called Rosie.

Harry Redknapp with son, Jamie.
Harry Redknapp with son, Jamie.
Image: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER Harry Redknapp this morning sparked laughter in a south London courtroom as he faced questions during his football bungs trial.

Redknapp – the favourite to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager this summer – and former Portsmouth manager Milan Mandaric deny two counts of cheating the public revenue.

Earlier, the Spurs boss said he named his Monaco bank account after his dog Rosie because he “loved her to bits”.

Redknapp explained that he had to add his birth date to the name as there was another Monaco account called Rosie.

When the prosecutor John Black QC suggested someone else might have had a dog by the same name, Redknapp said: “Or wife. If she was as nice as Rosie they have got a good wife.”

Later, Redknapp said he lied to News of the World reporter Rob Beasley as he wanted to keep any story off the Sunday papers’ back pages on the morning that Spurs prepared to play Manchester United in the 2009 League Cup final.

“I just wanted to get him off my back,” he told the court.

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