Constable & Robinson has acquired a title exploring the character of controversial Tottenham Spurs football manager Harry Redknapp.
Constable publishing director Andreas Campomar signed the title, by Guardian feature writer John Crace, buying UK and Commonwealth rights from Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander Associates. The book, with the provisional title Harry’s Games, will be published in 2013. Crace’s most recent book, Vertigo: One Football Fan’s Fear of Success, charted Tottenham Hotspur’s campaign last season.
Campomar said: “John is emerging as one of the country’s best writers on football. Redknapp seems to be the last of a line of truly eccentric English managers. John’s will be no ordinary biography of no ordinary manager.”
Crace commented: “Who is Harry Redknapp? Football genius or football chancer? Master tactician or practical joker? How can one man have two such diametrically opposed and incompatible career trajectories?”
Redknapp is currently on trial at Southwark Crown Court on two counts of cheating the public revenue, alongside Milan Mandaric, former Portsmouth FC owner, over dealings during his time as manager at the southern club. In contrast, he led Portsmouth to victory in the FA Cup while manager there, and last season, as Spurs manager, led the team to the quarter final of the Champions League in their debut appearance. He was previously manager at clubs including Southampton FC and West Ham United.