LONDON ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Harry Redknapp manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks thoughtful prior to the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 4th Round match between Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage on January 30 2011 in London England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Harry Redknapp In Court On Tax Evasion Charges

Harry Redknapp is in court for the next two weeks over allegations that he deliberately engaged in $295,000 worth of tax evasion while managing Portsmouth in 2007.

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Harry Redknapp's Defense: I'm Incompetent

Are you illiterate? Well, clearly you're not, because otherwise you wouldn't be able to read this. But if you were, I'd be here to offer you a message of hope! See, it turns out you don't need to be able to say, write to become a highly successful football manager. You too could become Harry Redknapp:

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. 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.

I've never wrote a letter in my life. I couldn't write a letter. I write like a two-year-old and I can't spell. Why am I gonna fiddle 20, 30 whatever thousand pounds of income tax when I walk away six months later from £200,000 that I was due?

Defence by strategic incompetence is an interesting one. Whether it'll be enough to convince the jury of his innocence in the Tottenham Hotspur manager's ongoing tax evasion case is an open question.

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Redknapp Failed To Divulge Offshore Account Details, Claims Prosecutor

The second day of Harry Redknapp's trial over allegations of tax evasion has seen a withering flurry of accusations from lead prosecutor John Black, QC, who has accused Redknapp and former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric of deliberately defrauding the taxpayer out of money paid in bonuses to the now-Tottenham Hotspur manager while he was in charge of Pompey in 2007. Black has also claimed that Mandaric attempted to pass off the $295,00, located in an offshore account, as a mere loan to Redknapp after the police discovered the account.

Black questioned Redknapp's apparent ignorance of the account, telling the jury that the 64-year-old had failed to divulge its existence even while under an inquiry regarding his taxes while the veteran manager was with West Ham United - despite him having flown to Monaco to open it - and the jury heard conflicting testimony from both parties involved about who controlled the account and just where the money had gone.

The trial is scheduled to last two weeks.

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Harry Redknapp In Court On Tax Evasion Charges

Harry Redknapp is in court for the next two weeks over allegations that he deliberately engaged in $295,000 worth of tax evasion while managing Portsmouth in 2007.

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