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Harry Redknapp good bet for bestselling book – Charles Sale

Snubbed Redknapp still a good bet for bestseller

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22:11 GMT, 30 April 2012

Harry Redknapp may have been snubbed for the England manager's post but he is the subject of a publishing battle over his long-awaited second autobiography.

Redknapp was expected to have the book, for which Ebury Publishing agreed a 500,000 advance, completed in 2009.

But lawyers advised that publication should not take place while Redknapp was fighting the tax evasion charges of which he was finally cleared in February.

Page turner: Redknapp has plenty of content to fill his forthcoming book

Page turner: Redknapp has plenty of content to fill his forthcoming book

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The story of that court case and his expected appointment as national team manager led to two book rivals offering Redknapp's advisers double the money Ebury were prepared to pay.

This has led to protracted negotiations over the terms of the Ebury contract. Ebury are confident of their legal case but will have to increase their payment if they want Redknapp's cooperation in the project.

And the twist is whether the 1million will still be available from other publishers now Redknapp won't have the England culmination to his career.

The FA rejection does, however, allow Redknapp the chance to consider a Nestle proposal to front a TV advert around Euro 2012 coverage for their Kit-Kat brand.

And it's likely the BBC will offer Redknapp the chance again to be one of their pundits for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine after discussions were put on hold following Fabio Capello's resignation.

Why keep Harry waiting

The FA will have to explain when they unveil Roy Hodgson exactly why they allowed speculation to grow about Harry Redknapp to such an extent that one bewildered FA powerbroker described it as 'insulting' to Spurs, as well as 'very unfair' to the club and manager.

Tottenham, though, were surprisingly relaxed. The Club England quartet were given a full mandate by the FA board to make their selection without interference.

But one FA director was disgruntled that he received a call from FA chairman David Bernstein at 9pm on Sunday informing him about the approach to interview Hodgson when it was already in the public domain.

Waiting game: The announcement to make Hodgson lead contender for the job took some time to come

Waiting game: The announcement to make Hodgson lead contender for the job took some time to come

FA quartet sweat on decision

The secretive Club England quartet of David Bernstein, Alex Horne, Sir Trevor Brooking and Adrian Bevington – who have amazed some of their senior FA figures in preferring Roy Hodgson to Harry Redknapp as England manager – can expect to be held accountable if their left-field decision proves to be a bad one.

If Hodgson hasn't succeeded by the end of next season, Bernstein can forget any ambition of extending his chairmanship beyond his 70th birthday in May next year.

In order to do this he has to gain enough support to change the FA rulebook. As regulations stand, he will have to stand down at next year's FA summer meeting scheduled for St George's Park.

Manc move for Keys and Gray

Despite the unprecedented magnitude of Monday night's Manchester derby, Sky Sports presented the game from their Isleworth studio in London as per normal for a bog-standard Monday night Premier League clash.

In contrast, Andy Gray and Richard Keys, who used to play a key role in Sky's football decisions before being shown the door after the sexism controversy, moved their talkSPORT show to Manchester for two days.

Heading north: keys and gray moved to Manchester ahead of the derby

Heading north: Keys and Gray moved to Manchester ahead of the derby

The week that wasn't

BBC Radio 5 Live underlined general confusion over the appointment of Roy Hodgson by choosing the day of his FA rubber-stamping to broadcast excerpts from an extensive interview on the life and times of Harry Redknapp.

The station had commissioned former FA executive director David Davies to conduct a 40-minute chat with the Tottenham manager three weeks ago – and were sitting on the tape until the Harry coronation that wasn't to be.

Olympic football waiting game

Ticketmaster, London 2012's beleaguered ticketing partners, claimed on Sunday their software could cope with 250,000 sales an hour of Olympic football tickets after repeated testing.

Yet when the site opened for business at 11am on Monday, it was taking up to 20 minutes to complete a transaction.

Only the slow burn in demand for football tickets spared Ticketmaster from another PR meltdown. The London Olympic organising committee (LOCOG) say 'tens of thousands' were sold.

Final countdown: Olympic football tickets were released en masse on Monday

Final countdown: Olympic football tickets were released en masse on Monday