Harry Redknapp heckled by fans in live Tottenham v Watford match

Harry heckled by fans as on-trial Spurs boss makes his return to the touchline

Harry Redknapp was heckled by fans on live TV as he made his return to the touchline with Tottenham.

The Spurs manager, who has been in court all week for the trial at which he is accused of tax evasion, was back in the dugout for the FA Cup clash against Watford on Friday night.

Broadcasters ESPN were on alert ahead of Redknapp's return amid fears that the Spurs manager would face a torrent of abuse at Vicarage Road due to the ongoing case at Southwark Crown Court. That never materialised, but Redknapp was still the subject of several taunts.

On the touchline: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp at Vicarage Road

On the touchline: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp at Vicarage Road

Redknapp smiled as he assumed his place on the Tottenham bench, clearly glad to be back at work following his week spent answering two charges of cheating the public purse at Southwark Crown Court.

Redknapp's assistant Kevin Bond had insisted that the absence of the Tottenham boss, who denies both charges in a trial which is expected to end next week, had not had an impact on the club's preparations for the game.

Match-winner: Rafael Van der Vaart (left) scored the only goal of the game

Match-winner: Rafael Van der Vaart (left) scored the only goal of the game

Redknapp was abused by fans at Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League last year ahead of his trial.

During the match he made a clenched-fist gesture at the home supporters and later criticised their chants.