Harry's game for a quote ...
- 10 May 2011 08:51
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Harry Redknapp. The very name will bring a smile to a football journo's face. Just like the only certainties in life are death and taxes, you can always bank on 'Arry for a story.
Because Premier League games are being played on the same day as the FA Cup Final, the title could be won "moments" before City and Stoke walk out at Wembley, and he's not happy.
To be fair, a lot of people agree, which is why the Mail splashes it on the back - with a further outraged spread inside - but 'Arry is the main man in leading the backlash for traditionalists.
Matt Barlow quotes Redknapp, who led Portsmouth to the Cup two years ago: "It's a shame. Cup Final day used to be the day of the year when I was growing up. The streets were empty, everybody was watching, it was the thing.
"It should be a massive one-off day that everyone is looking forward to watching. It's not got the importance it did have, that's for sure."
There are four League games on Saturday lunchtime - the rest play Sunday - but the Mail mourns that "fans who might normally follow the progress of the finalists from their hotels on the journey to the national stadium and a pre-match walk on the Wembley turf will instead be engrossed in (matches) scheduled to kick off at 12.45pm."
Meanwhile, 'Arry's not finished for the day. Having led the revolt against the fixture list, Tottenham's manager informs the assembled Press pack of, er ... City's summer transfer plans?
Talking about City's future, he tells the Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson and his colleagues: "They tell me they’ve got one or two players signed already who’ll blow your brains out."
That's news to us, H. It seems you know something that we don't. But here's to Roberto Mancini's men developing their brand of mind-blowing football anyway. Far out!
With that, let's move swiftly on to transfer news, where goal.com reports that Shay Given could be a summer target for ... doh! Harry Redknapp. There's just no getting away from him today, is there? See ya tonight, 'Arry!