A new Harry Redknapp parody account has been launched on Twitter. Except that it’s real.
@Redknapp gained more than 89,000 followers in a couple of hours, underlining the high profile of the erstwhile Queens Park Rangers boss and surpassing the 38,000 who follow @hazza_redknapp. Although, aside from the blue tick, it’s hard to tell them apart, as @Redknapp pretty much tweets like he’s a pastiche of himself.
Take his first tweet:
And his second, a dusty bon mot referencing a West Ham fan criticizing Frank Lampard when he played for the club 20 years ago:
Then a link to a video of him getting hit by a ball, and a tweet lauding Rio Ferdinand.
Of course, managers — and ex-managers — are welcome additions to Twitter, where they’re still sadly all too rare. Imagine how great it would be if Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was on Twitter; it would be very great.
But as several of Redknapp’s new Twitter trolls have pointed out, his incursion into the world of social media is quite a feat, considering he told a tax evasion trial in 2012:
“I have a big problem, I can’t write, so I don’t keep anything. I’m the most disorganized person and I’m ashamed to say in the world, I can’t work a computer, I don’t know what an email is, I can’t, I have never sent a fax and I’ve never sent a text message.
“Malcolm Webber [Redknapp’s accountant] runs my life, he writes the cheques for me and my wife. I have never wrote a letter in my life. I write like a two year-old and I can’t spell. You talk to anyone at the football club, I don’t write, I couldn’t even fill a teamsheet in.”