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Bitter Redknapp's "hypocrisy" charge

Filed: Tuesday, 8th October 2013
By: Staff Writer

Former Hammers boss Harry Redknapp has accused West Ham United of "hypocrisy".

The current manager of Championship club Queens Park Rangers has released a second autobiography entitled 'Always Managing'. In it, he takes a swipe at West Ham for firstly ignoring Moore and secondly, profiting from his name.

"Now he’s dead you can’t move for pictures of him around the place. It disgusts me," blasted Redknapp. "The hypocrisy that followed his tragically premature death in 1993 sickens me.

"Bob’s got it all now. The old South Bank named after him at Upton Park, statues outside the ground and at Wembley Stadium. They even use his name to sell West Ham United merchandise these days. ‘Moore than a football club’ is the slogan.

"But when he was alive they didn’t want to know him. I saw him get slung out of there for not having a ticket.

"They should have been phoning him to attend their matches. 'Come and be our guest, Bob. Front row in the directors' box every week, Bob.' They should have treated him like he owned the place. Nothing should have been too good for Bobby."

Redknapp, whose book is being serialised by the Daily Mail this week, also questioned the validity of granting former team mate Sir Trevor Brooking a knighthood.

"No disrespect to Trevor, he was a great footballer and remains a fine ambassador for the game but it doesn’t seem right," said Redknapp. "How was Trevor knighted and Bobby ignored?

"Sir Trevor Brooking is the Football Association’s cup of tea. He’s their type of person. But Bobby was a player’s player."

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