An unexpected upshot of Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp’s tax evasion trial is his claims that he is a near-illiterate, disorganised technophobe who cannot even fill in a team sheet.
Southwark Crown Court heard that Redknapp writes “like a two-year-old” and “can’t spell”.
The Press Association reports that in tape recordings of police interviews played in court, Redknapp said: “I can’t work a computer, I don’t know what an email is, I can’t, I have never sent a fax and I’ve never even sent a text message.”
He continued: “I have a big problem, I can’t write so I don’t keep anything. I am the most disorganised person, I am ashamed to say, in the world.”
And the former Portsmouth boss added: “You talk to anybody at the football club. I don’t write. I couldn’t even fill a team sheet-in.”
Redknapp said his literacy was so poor that he never saw his pay-slip and left everything for his accountant to deal with.
He said: “I pay a fortune to my accountant to look after me you know.
“He writes all the cheques for me and my wife. He pays my bills. He runs my life basically.”
OTP can only assume that teamsheet-filling duties were left to Heurelho Gomes last season.