Harry: I’ll make the most of Terry dis­ap­point­ment

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

HARRY Red­knapp ad­mits he is dis­ap­pointed about miss­ing out on John Terry but be­lieves Blues can make up for that by spread­ing their re­sources across the whole team.

Terry plumped for Blues’ cross­c­ity ri­vals, de­spite mak­ing him what Red­knapp con­sid­ers to be a ‘great’ of­fer.

How­ever, the man­ager has al­ready moved on – by sign­ing Barns­ley’s Marc Roberts – and is al­ready plot­ting how to al­lo­cate the rest of his bud­get.

“I would be a liar and sud­denly be­cause you don’t get some­one you stand here and go ‘ Oh well, I didn’t want him any­way’. That wouldn’t be true,” Red­knapp ad­mit­ted.

“I have been a great John Terry fan for­ever, I think he is a fan­tas­tic player. But – and again I am telling you the truth – after the ini­tial of­fer we made John, we made him a great of­fer, I started to think ‘Maybe I need five or six play­ers and maybe rather than putting all my eggs in one bas­ket I can spread John’s money and I can im­prove the squad more’.

“That was al­ways in my mind as well. They have signed a good player but I am hop­ing to sign five or six good play­ers with the bud­get for John.

“Maybe if I can do five or six peo­ple it will give me a bet­ter all-round team rather than hav­ing one fan­tas­tic player.

“Marc is ex­cel­lent, a big strong cen­tre, quick, good in the air. I think he has got a good fu­ture, I like him.

“We have brought the goal­keeper in, he was in Team of the Year last year, so we have signed a good goal­keeper – and there is more play­ers go­ing to come in.”

Red­knapp reck­ons Steve Bruce’s public courtship of Terry came into I had the de­ci­sion – and he backed the exEng­land in­ter­na­tional to do well across the city.

“I haven’t had any con­tact with John for maybe five weeks,” he said. “I think Steve Bruce kept on at John, and ob­vi­ously took him to Por­tu­gal and played golf with him.

“Lis­ten, they have signed a good player, I am not stand­ing here and say­ing ‘He is not a fan­tas­tic player’ – be­cause he is. He can make the dif­fer­ence if he is fit and play­ing. He played for me the other week in a game, Michael Car­rick’s tes­ti­mo­nial and he was fan­tas­tic.”

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