'I won't turn up even if Tony Bennett's there!' Redknapp will have birthday blues if QPR lose relegation clash
13:16 GMT, 1 March 2013
22:17 GMT, 1 March 2013
Harry Redknapp has told his wife Sandra not to bother putting on any birthday celebrations if QPR lose at Southampton on Saturday.
Redknapp turns 66 on Saturday and shares a birthday with his counterpart Mauricio Pochettino, who will be 41.
A win for either manager will be huge in the race to avoid relegation, but is more important to QPR who are already seven points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table.
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Birthday blues: Harry Redknapp won't celebrate his 66th birthday if his QPR side lose to Southampton
And Redknapp, who enjoyed an early piece of birthday cake in his pre-match press conference, said: 'My whole weekend revolves around the match.
'To be honest my wife could make arrangements tomorrow night to bring Tony Bennett, who I absolutely love, over and I wouldn't turn up if we got beat.
'I'm no use to anybody. My whole weekend will revolve around how the game goes tomorrow. I'll be no use to anybody if it doesn't go well.
'She wouldn't even bother to arrange anything if I come home and it hasn't gone well. It wouldn't be worth me bothering.'
He recalled a birthday evening in Birmingham in 1997 with his wife that followed a 1-0 loss to Leeds when he was West Ham manager. ‘
'We booked a lovely restaurant,' Redknapp remembered. 'She said it was the most miserable night of her life. I can’t help myself, it’s pathetic really.
'Mark, my other son, was there with his girlfriend. She must have thought: “what a barrel of fun he is!” Like that geezer off the TV, Victor Meldrew. I can’t snap out of it, I can’t help it.'
has been warned he faces a torrent of abuse from Southampton fans when
he returns to St Mary's for the first time since he left the club to
return to bitter rivals Portsmouth.
Hoping for a happy return: Redknapp goes back to Southampton for the first time since taking them down in 2005 – and on his birthday, too
He added: 'I'll get a bit of grief but what can you do It's no problem. They're not bad people, Southampton supporters. They're good supporters.
'They'll give me a bit of grief but that's life. I won't lose any sleep over it, the only thing I'll lose sleep over is if the result is bad.'
The two managers may share a birthday, but they are at different ends of the managerial timeline.
Redknapp has managed six different clubs, is creeping towards the end and has almost 30 years in management to draw on to keep QPR up.
Pochettino is at only his second club and heading into his fifth year as a manager. But when asked if he would rather be more experienced, or heading freshly into the managerial game like his counterpart, Redknapp replied: ‘No, I’ d rather be 25 years younger, although only if my missus was 25 years younger.
‘I’d love to be coming into management now at 35 or 36, starting out at Bournemouth again. I feel great. The heart is good and there is no problem. I feel well and not like I am 66.
‘I don’t think I act like a 66-yearold. I feel about 30. I feel fantastic and not any different.’
If Redknapp pulls off a remarkable escape and keeps QPR up, he could have us all repeating Meldrew’s famous catchphrase: ‘I don’t believe it.’
Crooner: Redknapp would ditch birthday celebrations even if favourite singer Tony Bennett was to appear
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