But interestingly, he admits to the fact that he held a grudge at one point and concedes that he wasn't happy at the time and made his feelings known. Interestingly, he also says, "I’ve met Harry many times since then and it doesn’t even cross my mind. I never give it a thought." That's all very well, but Brooking stops short of saying that he and Redknapp are now mates or that they enjoy each other's company. They played in the same team, for pity's sake, but that phrase "I've met Harry many times" makes him sound like a foreign diplomat from another country.
And, of course, in many ways the two men are from different countries. Brooking is an officer and a gentleman, 'Arry a wheeler dealer chancer; Brooking is a bureaucratic diplomat, 'Arry loses his rag in front of television cameras when a journalist touches the wrong nerve; Brooking prepares plans and dossiers, 'Arry can't reed and rite proper like; Brooking is a knight of the realm, 'Arry only avoided a stretch at Her Majesty's Pleasure by the skin of his dog's teeth.
Brooking insists he wasn't responsible, but you can bet your life that he was in Hodgson's corner throughout, and certainly not in 'Arry's. It may not have been entirely down to the way Redknapp stabbed Bonds in the back, it may go back further than that, to chippy comments in the dressing room about the posh kid with 11 O Levels and 2 A Levels, or it may just be that oil and water don't mix. Whatever the reason, Brooking certainly did not back his former teammate and fellow Claret & Blue, and that is a huge vote of no confidence in itself isn't it? How could the rest of the panel run with 'Arry if a man who shared a dressing room with him wasn't advocating his appointment?
Sometimes sitting on the fence is a bold statement against the state of somebody else's garden!