Mandaric to consider enthusiasm

Sheffield Wednesday chairman never doubted British courts

Milan Mandaric: Cleared at Southwark Crown Court of sending Harry Redknapp a tax-free offshore bung

Milan Mandaric: Cleared at Southwark Crown Court of sending Harry Redknapp a tax-free offshore bung

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Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric is to assess how much enthusiasm he has left for football after being acquitted of tax evasion.

The Serbian was on Wednesday morning cleared at Southwark Crown Court of sending Harry Redknapp a tax-free offshore bung.

A not guilty verdict brings to an end a two-week trial and Mandaric is to take a period to recover and consider his future.

But he never doubted the integrity of the British courts, as he said on the steps of Southwark Crown Court: "I would rather not talk much now, I am quite sure you understand that.

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"I have got to go somewhere to try to pinch myself and wake me up from the horrible dream that I had in the past.

"As we said on the statements, we always believed in the truth and also believed in the British justice system.

"I am very appreciative to that. Right now I have got to find out how much more is in my enthusiastic tank - energy and enthusiasm - to go back to go and win more games.

"I am here as all of you know for the love of the game and love of the country and I will try to do my best going forward."

Tottenham boss Redknapp's hopes of managing the England team received a major boost as he walked free from 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.

Mandaric and former Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie were also cleared of £600,000 tax dodge claims at a previous trial, it can be reported for the first time.