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Harry Redknapp nearly top of the table with autobiography
HARRY Redknapp says his mind is back on football this week despite finding himself near the top of the bestseller lists.
The Poole resident and Queens Park Rangers manager saw his autobiography Always Managing at number five on Amazon’s sales league table yesterday – ahead of the latest from Jamie Oliver and Stephen King.
But he said his focus would be on the pitch, with QPR facing a Championship clash against Millwall on Saturday and hot favourites for promotion back to the Premier League.
“I’ve got one or two things this week and then it’s back to the football. I’ve got to concentrate on Millwall,” he said.
Redknapp, who has a home in Sandbanks, is due to sign copies of the book at WH Smith in Castlepoint on Wednesday October 23, 5.30pm. “The book’s going well. People seem to enjoy reading it,” said the Sandbanks resident and former AFC Bournemouth manager.
“I’m giving the royalties to the Bobby Moore Cancer Fund.
“I’m involved with lots of charities down here, like Julia’s House and Leukaemia Busters, but I just thought it was easier to give it to the one.”
He described the late England hero Bobby Moore as “a great friend”.
And he admitted he had never imagined himself as a best-selling author.
“It’s been interesting. Martin Samuel wrote it for me, sat with me and put it all together. I think he’s an outstanding sports writer. He made it easier for me,” he said.
“I did a book about 12 years ago but a lot of stuff has happened since then. People got in touch and in the end I agreed.”
The book has already provoked controversy, with former FA chairman David Bernstein criticising Redknapp for his comments about the selection process that led to Roy Hodgson being appointed England manager.
“It’s good to be a bit controversial. You can’t just keep pleasing everybody,” he said.
“I’ve been in the game 50 years now and I think I’m entitled to an opinion so I’ve got it down in the book.”
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