Former West Ham United boss Harry Redknapp has opened up on his acrimonious departure from the club.
Redknapp enjoyed a golden spell managing West Ham between 1994 and 2001 having played 175 times for the club as a winger.
The boyhood Hammer came through the club’s famed academy with the likes of immortal legend Bobby Moore.
Redknapp has a 37% win percentage at West Ham, bringing some fantastic – and some less so – players to East London, playing attractive football along the way.
Harry’s West Ham golden years
The manager turned TV personality oversaw the emergence of West Ham’s golden generation of young talent come through into the first team.
From Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard to Joe Cole and Michael Carrick, West Ham appeared to be on the brink of becoming a force.
But when Ferdinand was sold to Leeds for a then record £18million, things started to unravel for the club and Redknapp.
He criticised former owner Terence Brown in an interview with the club’s fanzine.
Redknapp admits regret over Hammers departure
And it cost him his dream job, something he told Sky Sports’s Transfer Talk podcast he still regrets to this day.
“I was choked (when I was sacked by West Ham),” Redknapp told Sky Sports’s Transfer Talk podcast.
“I did an interview with the fanzine and maybe I said one or two things about the chairman, whether that was it I don’t know.
“Looking back it was a silly thing I did. I was chatting like I am with you now. Obviously it got printed and Terry wasn’t too happy about it.
“That was a harsh lesson, keep your mouth shut.”
Paths will likely never cross again
While Redknapp went on to enjoy success at Portsmouth, West Ham were relegated a year later under Glenn Roeder.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Redknapp has been linked with a return to West Ham several times, as recently as December when his good friends David Sullivan and David Gold parted company with Manuel Pellegrini (Express).
But West Ham went with David Moyes.
And aged 73 Redknapp and West Ham’s paths are unlikely to cross again.