Just when you though football was getting boring along comes Harry Redknapp and off go Manchester United

09Dec05

Wow, what a week in sport, Manchester United get knocked out of the UEFA Champions League and Harry Redknapp returns to Portsmouth.

First off, Man. Utd leaving Europe prematurely, worse still at the bottom of the group, so the club can’t even ‘enjoy’ the UEFA Cup.  The implications for the club are that they have lost out on a potential £20m if they had won the competition, this WILL affect the bottom line.  Couple that with the loss of the Vodafone shirt sponsorship and the Glazer family must be having some serious thoughts as to exactly what they have bought.  Their business plan must be looking a little sick at the moment, despite their comments following Manchester United’s exit from the Champions League.

And then we had the saga of Harry Redknapp and whether he would stay at Southampton or go back to Portsmouth.  Even removing the fierce rivalry of these two clubs, I am still amazed at how much disruption has been caused to these two organisations over the past week.  Football certainly isn’t like any otehr business is it?  As an aside to this whole mess, the Football Association are working with Betfair to investigate betting paterns prior to Redknapp’s appointment at Portsmouth

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