Harry Redknapp finally reveals his true thoughts on Robbie Keane making him look like 'a mug'
Published 20/11/2016 | 10:19
Harry Redknapp has finally revealed he true thoughts on Robbie Keane’s infamous trip to a Dublin nightclub back in 2009.
Keane was Redknapp’s captain at Tottenham when he arranged a Christmas trip to Copper Face Jacks behind his manager’s back, in a move that was to be the beginning of the end of his time at Spurs.
Redknapp suggested on a trip to Dublin last summer that Keane’s cheeky move to take his team-mates for a booze-up in his home town without his permission was ‘one of those things’, but he was a little more forthcoming as he appeared to get angry on BT Sport as he discussed the ongoing saga surround Wayne Rooney’s drinking session at the England team hotel last Sunday.
“I came out on TV and said there was no Christmas party at Tottenham this year,” recalled Redknapp, as he reflected on a trip that was organised by Keane.
“Of course there wasn’t going to be a party….they had all gone to Ireland the night before and I didn’t even know. What a mug I looked the next day.
“Honestly, you can’t let players go out drinking. I’ve had it a million times as a manager. You wake up the next day and there are pictures all over the paper of them lying around the floor or getting thrown out of a nightclub somewhere drunk as sacks.
“I wouldn’t let them go out drinking. You say to footballers, go and have one or two drinks. One or two leads to three or four, five or six. Once they get the flavour, they are gone, they’re out.”
Redknapp also slammed Rooney after his drunken antics last weekend dominated the sports news agenda in England in recent days, as he suggested the Manchester United striker has undermined his manager Gareth Southgate.
“I’m a big Wayne Rooney fan. Great lad, great player, does so much for people off the field, but he was out of order here,” he stated.
“How must Gareth Southgate have felt the next day when he woke up and saw what had gone on. He must have been sick. It undermined his authority, he wouldn’t want that.
“Gareth Southgate has got to tell them that when they are away with the England team, they cannot go out drinking. They are there to prepare for important games.”
Rooney’s former United team-mate Rio Ferdinand offered an alternative version of the story, as he suggested this incident has cemented a firm divide between footballers and supporters.
“What worries me and concerns me a little bit is he goes into a wedding, he is probably welcomed with open arms and the next day it is all over the press,” said Ferdinand.
“Then people end up wondering why there is a firm divide between the players and the general public.
“Now people call into question is captaincy, will he play for England again people are asking.
“People cannot question why players are becoming disengaged with the man on the street. These incidents are coming up more and more often and it creates a barrier.”