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Harry Redknapp Tells Sky Sports Reporter to F Off: Video (NSFW)

Harry Redknapp reacted angrily to a Sky Sports reporter this weekend who called him a “wheeler dealer.” Redknapp snapped at the reporter and told him to f*** off.

Watch the above video to see the interview. Redknapp looks obviously rattled when the reporter mentioned the “wheeler dealer” point, but Redknapp seemed more incensed by the reporter’s laughter which caused the Tottenham Hotspur to put him in his place, and walk off camera.

It’s obviously a sensitive issue for Redknapp. But it’s also a mark of disrespect for the Sky Sports reporter, who should know better, to use the derogatory term. Redknapp in everything he has done, especially at Tottenham, is first and foremost a football manager. A very good one at that. Yes, he has mastered dabbling in the transfer market to buy and sell players, but the “wheeler and dealer” tag is something you would expect to read in a British tabloid newspaper, not something you would hear on Sky Sports News.

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31 Responses to Harry Redknapp Tells Sky Sports Reporter to F Off: Video (NSFW)

  1. Kevin C says:

    Wrong Gaffer
    SKY are an exact photocopy of the red top tabloids and the sooner people realise that and the fact that they have ruined football with the money they have brought into the game. We.ll Done Harry. Put the boot into them

    • JimmyG2 says:

      Spot on Kevin C.
      Its not insensative it shows lack of respect to one of the people that makes it possible for them to exploit and dominate the sport.
      They need football more than football needs Sky,
      Look at the mess that cricket is in over gambling and too much money slushing around.
      They haven’t heeded the lesson of football which has been corrupted by the Sky Sport money.
      Good on yer H.

    • jr says:

      How can ‘wheeler-dealer’ be derogatory? Didn’t he wheel and deal Van der Vaart to Spurs on deadline day? He owes the sky reporter an apology Now if they’d said he was a crook..

      • The Gaffer says:

        Redknapp should be judged first and foremost as a football manager, not as someone who just buys and sells players. Just because you buy good players doesn’t mean it’s automatic success. Besides, it sounds like Daniel Levy was the one who brokered the van der Vaart transfer. Redknapp didn’t sound like he was involved until the eleventh hour.

        Cheers,
        The Gaffer

  2. V says:

    Harry Redknapp is an egotistical asshole and a wheeler dealer, none of this is a surprisingly revelation. Nice to see how mature Harry is when someone points this out.

    • No more or less mature than fergurson who refuses to do interviews for the bbc because he didn’t like something they said. He always gets his assistant to do them now.
      Personally I think Harry is right to do what he has, if someone insults you or you think they are insulting you, tell them straight, if people cared what the media man says, someone would be interviewing him, as it is, there’s a reason he is not in front of the camera and that’s because no one gives a toss about what he has to say or is interested in seeing his mug. They are watching to see what Harry says, maybe the media men should remember that before they start getting above their station

  3. Harry probably took offence to the term ‘wheeler dealer’ because it’s more the type of thing you would hear a used car salesman be described as. In fact there is a TV show called wheeler dealers based on a cockney used car salesman

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi9IdbYuTBE

    good programme though, I enjoy watching it but Harry probably doesn’t want to be described or seen to be a used car salesman

  4. Wheeler Dealers are us says:

    When Jamie Redknapp, who works for Sky is on tv one week saying tapping up is rife… He’d know his father’s always at it!

    Then you get this disgraceful reaction, you know from what he did to Portsmouth (took the money and ran) where there’s smoke there’s fire!

  5. MennoDaddy says:

    Sure, Harry has the reputation of working the transfer market, but I don’t see that as a negative. And you can’t argue with the results — he’s taken Spurs from a relegation battle under Juande Ramos to the Champions League in two years. If that’s considered a “wheeler-dealer,” then give me more of that!

    • Rich says:

      Spurs were never “relegation candidates”. They were always a top 6-8 side but just made a very poor start to the season under Ramos. With the cash they’ve had to spend on in the last couple years as they have, they should be where they are! Harry hasn’t taken them from relegation candidates to being a top 4 team so he’s not a miracle worker, but he has taken a good team and brought them to the promised land and for that he has to be praised.

  6. john says:

    I dunno maybe its just me but is “wheeler-dealer” such a bad term? I mean like the above poster said, to me that just means he’s done well in the transfer market…..not sure why that lead to such a negative reaction.

    • The Gaffer says:

      It definitely has a negative connotation to it. It’s certainly not a positive thing to say about someone.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Duke says:

        Well, then, it must be a cultural thing.

        Calling a General Manager of a sports team, especially a baseball team, a wheeler-dealer would be considered a compliment. Jim Hendry of the Cubs has been quite the “wheeler-dealer” in the last few years, and has pulled off some amazing trades. Not that it’s amounted to anything, but that’s not my point.

        If I heard someone referring to Redknapp with that term, I’d assume he’d done well in the current transfer window. Nothing more, nothing less.

        I

      • Sir Guy says:

        Must be more of a Brit thing as far as connotation goes. Here it simply means someone who is usually savvy and active in some sort of business sense, but it certainly has no particularly negative connotation to it, e.g. a wheeler-dealer in real estate.

        Reminds me of the discussion over a Brit using the term “cowboy” and Yanks taking it as an anti-American comment. Not so. Different cultures, different meanings.

        • The Gaffer says:

          It’s definitely a Brit thing. A ‘wheeler and dealer’ is someone who could be a used-car salesman. Harry’s had this term hanging over his head for a long time, so it’s nothing new. But for Sky Sports to say that to his face crossed the line in my opinion.

          Cheers,
          The Gaffer

          • brn442 says:

            Redknapp has been the “Frank Butcher” of top flight football for years, especially when he was at smaller clubs with limited budgets, that was his “genius.”

            Now that he’s the manager of a top four, champion’s league club, he obviously thinks that the term no longer applies to him – therefore, he sees it as an insult. Fair enough.

          • Dave C says:

            I disagree that it’s a British thing…I’m British, and I definitely don’t think Wheeler Dealer necessarily has a negative connotation. It could definitely be taken as a compliment.

            I think in Harry’s case, he’s over-sensitive because of the allegations of funny-business in his past.

    • Jose says:

      I too don’t see it as a bad label, therefore I don’t understand the hubbub.

      • Huh says:

        Wheeler dealer just means shrewd basically (in this case in the transfer market). I have heard this said about many managers in the past. People who are said to be good wheeler dealers are generally thought to be good at buying and selling. I haven’t the faintest where the negative is in this saying. Harry was probably just having a bad day and he took it out on this journalist, maybe he just didn‘t like him.

  7. Fee says:

    Stick it to ‘em Delboy, I mean ‘Arry!! He was just in a bad mood cos he got beat by Wigan! But he never shy’s away from speaking his mind, which I do respect (even though he is Tottenham scum now).
    I remember an interview a while back when… http://youtu.be/zRZTna7tRHk BRILLIANT!!

  8. I think Harry thinks and maybe rightly, that he doesn’t get the same respect that other managers get. I don’t know whether it’s his working class east end accent but I don’t think the media would say the same things to Wenger or Fergurson that they do to Harry, maybe the whole used car salesman (wheeler dealer) reference pushed him over the edge.

    • Paul says:

      Wenger and Fergeson don’t have a habit of jumping ship after the debts build up and the transfer budgets are empty. His past two clubs were Southampton and Portsmouth. Redknapp’s transfer policy can be blamed in part for the administration of both clubs. In both cases he jumped ship and saved his reputation – leaving Southampton a season after they were relegated and leaving Portsmouth directly off their FA cup win. It takes a decent manager go to a club with rising prospects and a large budget to the top, it takes a great manager to stay at the top and within budget consistently – and Harry is a decent manager while Fergeson and Wenger are great managers who have each stayed at the top for the past decade without jumping ship.

  9. Darren says:

    Don’t see the problem. Boo hoo, your transfer history is ‘wheeling and dealing.’ Go cry a river.
    Redknapp is just embaressed his club lost to Wigan and a poorly worded question to a grumpy and embaressed manager provided an excellent escape from having to face the media.

    • Jacob says:

      @Darren, totally agree with you mate. Redknapp must feeling really embarrassed. If my club lost to the sorry ass likes of Wigan then I’d tell everyone to F off too.

  10. JC says:

    It is disrespectful. If he was a manager who had exactly the same record as Harry, but was Spanish or French or even from the Northwest he would not get this tag. Its a lazy stereotype based on his background and his accent, and it is derogatory: makes him sound like a dodgy used car salesman.

  11. timmyg says:

    I’m amazed how quickly everyone forgets things with ‘Arry.

    It was rude for the Sky reporter to use such a term, but each club ‘Arry left went bankrupt (Bournemouth, West Ham, Southampton [albeit a few years later], Pompey) and he is currently being “investigated” regarding his dealings at Pompey.

    So calling him a “wheeler and dealer” is probably the nicest things one can say about his business activities.

  12. Chaz says:

    ‘ive ‘em ‘ell ‘arry!

  13. stokey yid says:

    Wet spam went up the swannie after the biscuit braon went loopoo with Icelands money, 12 years after Arry left.
    Bournmouth were tiny and always struggle, southampton were in the shit after Ruert lowe forgot to add up.
    Pompey thought they were loaded and told Harry that, every player he signed made a major profit, remember one thing, managers ask for players, chairman sign them if they feel there club has the money to pay the transfere fee and the players wages, really simple, lol
    Levy at spurs thought spurs couldnt afford £120k a week for cole so he went to Liverpool, he also thought Fabiano at £25m plus £125k a week was to expensive so simply never signed em, real simple, lol

    • Paul says:

      And the next 3-4 years will be the test: now that the money spigot has been shut off how long does Harry hang around in a ‘sell to buy’ regime.

  14. TJ says:

    Urmm…..41 transfers in 2 years whilst at portsmouth.

    If you take wheeler dealer as what it means in a football context – lots of players in and out of the door – of course hey is a flipping wheeler dealer.

    ‘Arry is making mountains out of molehills. It was meant as neither a compliment nor an insult and the reaction shows what a twitchy f***er the man really is.

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