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Bonds: Redknapp was 'disrespectful'

Filed: Monday, 21st October 2013
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United legend Billy Bonds MBE has broken a 19-year silence to express his disappointment at comments made by Harry Redknapp in his new autobiography.

Bonds, West Ham's record appearance holder - and a man who remains revered by Hammers supporters - decided to set the record straight after Redknapp accused his former best friend of being "a man out of time" and of overseeing "a shambles" during his spell as manager of West Ham in the early 1990s.

West Ham's seventh full-time manager, who was in the post from 1990 to 1994 has never before spoken to the media about Redknapp, who many believe undermined him in order to secure the managerial position.

But in an exclusive interview with KUMB.com - which you may hear in its entirely from tomorrow morning - Bonds finally reveals what he truly thinks about his former best friend and his new book.

"For him to come out with what he said was disrespectful to the players and one or two of the staff who were over there," Bonds told KUMB.com. "I think he's been very liberal with the truth - but that's much as I expected really.

"I haven't spoken to him for 20 years; I find it quite pathetic that he comes out with stuff [like that] really, to be quite honest with you."

To listen to the second part of KUMB.com's exclusive interview with Billy Bonds, check back tomorrow morning. Visit our podcast page to listen to part one, which was first broadcast last week.

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