Harry Redknapp planned to be a taxi driver while ‘struggling’ financially: ‘Wasn’t easy’

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Harry Redknapp, 73, has easily become one of the most well-known faces in the football industry, having played for West Ham United and previously managing the likes of AFC Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City. But he admitted his rise to where he is now wasn’t all plain sailing, and he and his young family encountered money issues along the way.

We were struggling, me and Sandra

Harry Redknapp

During an episode of his self-titled podcast, Harry and co-star Dodge were joined by the footballer’s youngest son and fellow England player Jamie, who recalled their big move to the US in the late 70s/ early 80s.

But before they packed up and moved abroad, Harry recalled “struggling” financially.

“It wasn’t always easy,” he told the pair.

“People always think you’ve got plenty of dough, you’ve got plenty of money.

“But we were struggling, me and Sandra.”

He noted that he retired from playing the sport near the end of the 70s, when Jamie and his eldest son Mark were younger.

“When they were little and I’d finished playing, we had no money,” he explained.

“I’m coming to end of my playing time and I’m thinking what I’m going to do with my life.

Harry revealed: “I was going to buy a Bournemouth taxi but we didn’t have the money, it was like £14,000 – £15,000.

“There was no way we could get the money to buy the taxi, you have to buy the plate.”

But the former sports manager thanked his lucky stars when he got a job offer in America, something he described as a “life saver”.

He exclaimed: “We were lucky I got a job in America to go and play and coach.

“Me, Mark, Jamie and Sandra packed our bags and went to America and it was a life saver for us really!”

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As of 2020, according to reports from Celebrity Net Worth, Harry is now worth £14.5million.

On their move, Jamie admitted he couldn’t remember much as he was only two-years-old, but did remember parts of it as an “adventure”.

“I remember a little bit about Seattle, and I’ve got some pictures of me with Bobby Moore and dad,” he quipped.

“It was different and new and I just always accepted that when your dad’s a football manager or coach, you’re just going to be travelling around and it was the norm to meet [football stars].”

Despite meeting his idols, Jame acknowledged that he didn’t have a “normal” childhood, but was grateful for the experiences and opportunities that came from his fortune.

He explained: “It wasn’t what I would say was a normal childhood, but it was something that I was so fortunate to do, to travel around and I think that’s why I’ve always loved the US.

“It feels like a second home to me.”

You can tune into Harry’s podcast on Tuesdays on Global Player.

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