Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric
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Milan Mandaric says Harry Redknapp was a 'special guy'

Ex-Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric said his relationship with Harry Redknapp was like a bitter divorce after he left the club.

Mr Mandaric told Southwark Crown Court Mr Redknapp, now Tottenham manager, was his closest friend in football before he left to become Southampton manager.

He described payments he made to the 64-year-old as "voluntary thanks".

Mr Mandaric, of Oadby, Leicestershire, and Mr Redknapp, 64, of Poole, Dorset, deny cheating the public revenue.

James Pearce reports.

  • 30 Jan 2012
  • From the section UK
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