Harry Redknapp reveals aggressive players and racism in football scare him the most

FORMER football manager Harry Redknapp, 73, won I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! in 2018.

Here, he reveals his favourite word, worst habit and what's top of his bucket list.

What is your favourite word?

Jellied eels. Sorry, I know that’s two, but jellied eels with plenty of vinegar and pepper are absolutely fantastic. They melt in your mouth.

What scares you the most?

Racism in football, and aggressive players. 

Who makes you laugh the most?

The comedian Mo Gilligan. He’s funny, he dances, he’s got this lovely smile and he comes out with these funny accents. 

What is your worst habit? 

Wasting money on betting horses. My wife Sandra, 71, thinks I’ve only got one horse – but I’ve got to confess, I’ve got 10! The bills go straight to my accountant, so she’s got no idea.

What is your experience of grief? 

Most recently, it has been losing my beloved bulldog Lulu. She was only 11 years old, but I had so much love from her with lots of cuddles and walks. I feel so lucky to still have our other bulldog Barney.

If you could travel back in time where would you go?

Back to the East End of the ‘50s and ‘60s. You didn’t worry about walking the streets late at night. It was a different way of life. No one used to lock their door.

What is your biggest regret?

I wish I’d had a proper education. When I was at school in Poplar I used to mess about all the time or I’d be playing football. I write like a five year old and I’m not proud of it.

Which public figure do you admire? 

Nurses and doctors are incredible people and if I could, I would give them a raise in wages. To me, they’re so special. It is mad when you think footballers can earn £300k a week and a nurse might only earn £20k a year.

What would you rescue from a burning building?

Sandra. I’ve been married to her for 54 years and my biggest fear is losing her. I don’t know what I’d do without her.

What are your best and worst qualities? 

I learned in football to be nice to everyone on the way up as you never know who you might meet on the way down. But I am very clumsy and absent-minded. If I try to do anything, I make a mess of it. 

How do you relax?

I love to take the dogs out for a walk with Sandra on the beach near where we live.

Tea or coffee? 

Tea – I have fond memories of drinking tea with my nan, who used to sit out on the street of an evening in the East End chatting with the other old girls.

Most famous person in your phone?

Rod Stewart – he’s brilliant and football mad!

What has been your greatest achievement? 

To have been a father and grandfather. I’m really proud of my sons Mark and Jamie and what they’ve achieved. 

What is top of your bucket list?

For 2021, it’s to get away with Sandra and have a holiday. Not the Maldives, that means getting on a plane and we don’t like going too far. I want to go to Canvey Island or the Isle of Sheppey. 

  • The Harry Redknapp Show by Element Studios is available on Spotify and Apple

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