Harry - It's been a nightmare

Spurs boss says case should never have gone to court

Harry Redknapp: Tottenham Hotspur manager says the last five years have been a nightmare

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Harry Redknapp admits the last five years have been a 'nightmare' after the Tottenham Hotspur manager was cleared of charges of tax evasion.

At the end of two days of consideration, a jury found both Redknapp and former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric not guilty at Southwark Crown Court.

Jurors accepted Redknapp's angry denials that he avoided tax on any payments over £189,000 found in a Monaco account.

His acquittal alongside co-defendant Mandaric blows the final whistle on a five-year £8million police investigation which failed to yield a single conviction.

"It really has been a nightmare, I've got to be honest, it's been five years and this case should never have come to court. It was horrendous."

Harry Redknapp

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Redknapp is adamant the case should never have been brought to court and he is now eager to get on with his life after offering his gratitude for all the support he has received.

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"I just really want to thank my legal team, they were fantastic," said Redknapp outside court.

"The support I've had from everybody at Tottenham and the support from Daniel Levy who, if he ever felt there was a problem when he gave me this job - this was going on over three years ago - would never have employed me.

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"He knew this case should never have come to court and I have to thank the fans at Tottenham.

"The other night, at the Wigan game, was the most moving I've ever felt. For me, personally, to have them singing my name throughout the game, while all this was going on, will always be special to me and I'll never forget that.

"The most important thing, obviously, is my family who have been pulled through it the last five years it's been hanging over us.

"I'm looking forward to getting home and seeing my wife Sandra and getting away from all of this.

"It really has been a nightmare, I've got to be honest, it's been five years and this case should never have come to court. It was horrendous.

"It was a unanimous decision, the jury were absolutely unanimous there was no case to answer and I'm pleased we can go home and get on with my life."