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Redknapp – Entire Premier League is envious of Arsenal

You’ve got to love him, haven’t you?

Those quirky remarks, that amusing tick, the whole ‘wheeler-dealer’ persona and his rather less championed quality – that eye for a foreign talent.

Yes I’m talking about Jamie’s dad, Frank’s uncle and Portsmouth’s manager: childhood Gooner Harry Redknapp.

The former West Ham boss has demonstrated his taste for easy-on-the-eye football teams throughout his managerial career, signing countless ‘entertainers’ during his time at Upton Park [Paulo Di Canio, Eyal Berkovic etc] and doing likewise at Fratton Park.

His current crop at Portsmouth are an extension of his philosophy, combining craft with graft in the form of athletic but skilful African players who pepper his side.

His ability in the transfer market and persuasive personality has enabled him to sign England internationals Sol Campbell and David James when other, bigger, clubs were also in the hunt.

When he says the rest of the Premier League are a little green-eyed at Arsenal’s embarrassment of riches in their playing squad, a man so qualified to comment can’t be too wide of the mark.

He said in his column in The Sun:

“The jealousy isn’t because the Gunners are perched top of the table after a blistering start to the campaign.

“No. It’s because the scouting network Arsene has developed is second to none and has set the benchmark for all of us to try to follow.

“Just how does he keep finding these talented kids who have got everyone raving over their polished performances despite their tender years?

“Who spotted Emmanuel Eboue? Who unearthed Abou Diaby? Who discovered Gael Clichy and who found 17-year-old Armand Traore?

“And how did Arsenal manage to nick Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona of all clubs?”

Good questions Harry. I suppose it’s just the wonder of Wenger.

But what do you think sets Arsene apart? His personality? His contacts? His vision of how the game should be played? Send us YOUR thoughts…

To read Redknapp’s entire column, simply click on the link above.

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Posted by Mo Khan on September 27, 2007 2:25 PM in News
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Harry Redknapp has got to be one of the most pleasant Premier League managers. I don't think he's ever had a bad thing to say about an opposing team/manager in his interviews, and he seems to compliment them at every opportunity. It's a nice change from other (unnamed) managers who moan constantly, and even our own Gaffer isn't immune to some negativity now and then (even if it is 100% accurate, like when directed at those Blackburn thugs).

Posted by: Adam | September 27, 2007 4:25 PM

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