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Harry Redknapp Would Watch Horse Racing With Sir Alex Ferguson In His Office Minutes Before Kick-Off

Harry Redknapp has been entertaining his camp-mates with some great anecdotes in the jungle
Harry Redknapp has been entertaining his camp-mates with some great anecdotes in the jungle

Harry Redknapp said that Sky Sports' Chris Kamara walked in on him and his assistant Jim Smith as they were picking horses - live on air - and that he'd watch the races with Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

'Kammy" had been granted access all areas before a game and he was giving viewers a behind the scenes look at the pre-game preparations.

He told viewers that they were about to get an exclusive peek behind the scenes and see what really goes on before a big game. But it didn't quite turn out that way as Redknapp explained: "I'm in the office one day and Chris Kamara is outside working for Sky and I'm in my office with Jim Smith.

"I don't know he's out there and he says 'we are now going to go in the inner sanctum - Harry's in there with Jim and they're working out their set plays, the formations ... this is where they're doing the real work. He opens the door and comes in. I'm reading the Racing Post and Jim was behind me looking at his bets for the day. It was live on Sky!"

Redknapp also shared his views on how the social side of football today was a far cry from when he was a player. He said: "You look at the young footballers now, you see them coming into the stadium - they've all got their headphones on the coach. We used to get on the coach for three or four hours and we'd all talk.

"After the game we'd go to the pub or the players bar. But now they don't - they don't mix anymore like that."

When asked by fellow camp-mate Nick Knowles which manager Harry got on with best, he quickly replied: "Sir Alex Ferguson." 

"Every manager after every game came in your office. Fergie was always great - he'd get something special in - a nice bottle of wine.

"I'd be in Fergie's office before a game at quarter to three. The teams would go out to warm-up and he'd shout to me, 'Harry!', and we'd go in the office to watch the racing. I'd sit there with Fergie and one day he told me he'd got one in the 2.45 and of course he'd go and win."

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