Redknapp and Mandaric Cleared Of Tax Evasion
By Jim Bonner
Updated Wednesday, 8th February 2012
The jury delivers a "Not Guilty" verdict.
Former Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric and former Pompey manager Harry Redknapp have been cleared of all charges of tax evasion.
The jury delivered the "Not Guilty" verdict on both counts of cheating the public revenue after a trial that lasted two weeks and descended into something of a farce as details of Redknapp's "Rosie47" and terrible handwriting were revealed.
There were a couple of points of interest for Pompey fans as both Harry and Milan discussed their relationship whilst at Fratton Park, revealing how they felt when Redknapp departed for Southampton.
But in all honesty this trial has simply been a waste of time and money. It is now almost certain that Harry Redknapp will become the next England manager and I would welcome that.
Whatever you have to say about Redknapp, there is no doubt that he is an excellent football manager but one criticism of him is that he is always tactically found out against the very best football managers.
So, I would be very interested to see how our old manager would fare with the pool of players he would have available to him.
If he fails, no doubt he would use the media to blame everything but himself for another national ailure but if he succeeds then it can only be good for the country in general.
As for Milan Mandaric, perhaps we should ask him if he knows anyone that wants to buy a football club?