Tottenham fans scoffed when I said Redknapp wouldn't be in charge at Spurs by the end of October - but it seems I got it wrong by a matter of days. I said last week that the heart operation was remarkably convenient and hinted that news was about to break about 'Arry's trial for tax evasion.
Well now we know for sure. 'Arry's day of reckoning - long overdue in the opinion of many - is scheduled for early January. He has already been signed off for 5 weeks to recuperate from the operation and it looks odds on that his gardening leave will now be extended to beyond the trial. Should a man of his age really be in work with the stress of a possible prison sentence hanging over him?
Unlike many bitter West Ham fans, I do not wish ill on 'Arry. We all know he is a dodgy geezer, but who from the East End isn't? Redknapp has been great value for all the fans of clubs he hasn't managed. True Bournemouth, West Ham, Southampton and Portsmouth have all found themselves in dire financial straits after 'Arry has been in charge, whilst he has built a huge pile of personal wealth, but so what? He plays football the right way and is always good for a laugh.
One thing's for sure, if he is found guilty, his dream of managing England will be over; and Tottenham will probably terminate his contract too. The stakes are high and it is hard to believe that the CPS would risk such a high profile trial unless they were very confident of winning. 'Arry's luck may have just run out. Sadly.