As well as being known and beloved to many a football fan, he’s also been widely admired for his loving relationship with his beloved wife of 54 years, Sandra.
But Harry Redknapp, 73, has revealed fans thought he was cheating on his glamorous spouse as he hid out in an Australian hotel ahead of his stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! back in 2018.
Discussing the experience with former contestant Mark Wright on his The Harry Redknapp Show podcast, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager shared that he was chaperoned by a woman called Tina as he spent a week in locked away.
Oops: Harry Redknapp has revealed fans thought he was cheating on his wife Sandra as he hid in an Australian hotel ahead of his stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2018
He recalled: ‘It’s a silly thing, you’re with her and you’re in a hotel miles and miles [away] in the middle of nowhere.
‘And there’s people over there in Australia on holiday and they’re from England and they see you, like, “Hello Harry, how you doing? We’re big Spurs fans.”
‘And I’m with this bird and they’re thinking, “She ain’t Sandra – what are you doing in this motel in the middle of nowhere?”
Harry went on to reveal that he asked his chaperone Tina if they could eat out at an Italian restaurant of his choosing as he didn’t like the hotel’s food.
Spotted: The former Tottenham Hotspur manager was was spotted with his chaperone, Tina, as he awaited the start of his stint on the show. Pictured with wife Sandra on I’m A Celeb
After learning the eatery was full, he was recognised by the owner, who offered him a bottle of wine, before asking: ‘And your wife, what does your wife like to drink?’
Quickly correcting the mistake, Harry recalled: ‘[I said] “No, she’s not my wife”.’
However, the correction only served to make things all the more confusing, as the restaurateur replied: ‘Harry don’t worry, I’m a man of the world, no problem.’
The former West Ham manager went on: ‘Every night I go in there and he goes, “Harry [makes cheering noise]”.’
He recalled responding to the man: ‘”No you don’t understand”, while strictly confidentiality agreements prevented him from sharing the specifics.
Champ: But it was all worth it in the end, as Harry went on to win the series, emerging as the King of the Jungle following a gruelling few weeks
‘You can’t tell him what you’re doing,’ he said of the awkward encounters.
The problem didn’t end there for Harry, as fans often recognised him in the street and asked him what he was doing there, while he couldn’t explain.
He said: ‘You’re with this bird and you can’t say, “I’m doing I’m A Celebrity”, because you’re not allowed to say.’
But it was all worth it in the end, as Harry went on to win the series, emerging as the King of the Jungle following a gruelling few weeks.
Meanwhile, Harry and Sandra got their first coronavirus jab on Thursday as the government’s vaccination drive continues in earnest across the United Kingdom.
Devoted: As well as being known and beloved to many a football fan, he’s also been widely admired for his loving relationship with his beloved wife of 54 years. Pictured in 2015
The affable former footballer and his wife, who are both 73, fall into one of the highest priority tiers for the crucial vaccine, which comes in two doses.
And appearing on Thursday’s edition of Lorraine, Harry admitted they were next in line for the jab – with their first scheduled for later that day.
Talking to the host remotely from the couple’s Sandbanks home, he said: ‘Me and Sandra are off today to get the vaccine, we’re pleased to get that done.
‘It’s the first one obviously, we have to wait for the second. But it’s great, I think everyone should get the vaccine.’
Next in line: Meanwhile, Harry and beloved wife Sandra got their first coronavirus jab on Thursday as the government’s vaccination drive continues in earnest
Harry also revealed he’d been whiling away the long hours in isolation by immersing himself in football, which has continued uninterrupted across all professional leagues.
He said: ‘It’s been tough in lockdown for everyone but Sandra is a great cook. We have a nice dinner and a glass of wine.
‘There’s plenty of football to watch and Sandra’s got the soaps on so we’re keeping happy.’
The former football manager – who also guided Portsmouth to the FA Cup during a successful career – has enjoyed a new lease of life since winning the 2018 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.
Our turn: The affable former West Ham United manager and his wife of 54 years, who are both 73, fall into one of the highest priority tiers for the crucial vaccine
But he admitted he doesn’t miss the demand that comes with managing a football club since parting ways with his last club, Birmingham City, in 2017.
He said: ‘The rewards are incredible when you’re a football manager don’t get me wrong, but the stress you take on with you.
‘When you’re trying to get a result and you feel like you’re letting the fans and everyone [down], it was difficult to switch off. My one release was getting home and spending time with my wife.’
Harry has now embarked on a series of new ventures, among them a recently launched podcast, but he draws the line at a potential appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.
‘I’m not very romantic Lorraine, I promise you. I wish I was,’ he said. ‘My dancing is not very good… I love Strictly but I certainly wouldn’t be giving that a go.’
Can’t wait: Appearing on Thursday’s edition of Lorraine, Harry admitted they were next in line for the jab – with their first scheduled for later that day