I’ll vote Dad out


Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Front Page - BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Ed­i­tor [email protected]­ror.co.uk

FOOT­BALL star Jamie Red­knapp wants to boot his dad Harry out of I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! – to re­unite him and his wife.

Jamie says his mum San­dra des­per­ately misses Harry when he is away.

For­mer footie man­ager Harry has gushed about her to his camp­mates and re­vealed he rings her con­stantly if he is not at home.

Jamie, 45, said: “I was ac­tu­ally re­ally sur­prised when I found out he was go­ing to be on be­cause he didn’t tell me – I read it in the pa­per.

“He was like ‘If I had told you, you would have told me off ’. I’m go­ing to try and vote him out. I want to get him to come home and see my mum and get him out of there.

“My mum is more ner­vous than any­thing as she misses him when­ever they are apart.”

Dur­ing a chat in the

Aus­tralian jun­gle dur­ing the ITV re­al­ity show, Harry told fel­low con­tes­tants:

“Even when I’m out I ring her

10 times a day. She’s my life.

“I’m a bit scared, getting a bit older. I love her too much – if any­thing hap­pened it would just kill me. We just get on so well, I only want to be with her.

“I can never wait to see her. Jamie says ‘you’ve won the lot­tery’.”

The cou­ple, both 71, have been mar­ried for more than 50 years. They have an­other son, 48-year-old model Mark.

For­mer Liver­pool and Eng­land mid­fielder Jamie, now a pun­dit on TV and team cap­tain on com­edy game show A League of Their Own, in­sisted he would not be fol­low­ing in his dad’s foot­steps Down Un­der. Jamie said: “I would never do I’m a Celeb... or any other kind of re­al­ity show. It’s not my thing. I like my pri­vacy. I’ve got no prob­lem with peo­ple do­ing it, it’s just not for me.”

Stom­ach-churn­ing footage from the jun­gle might give Jamie even more rea­son to steer clear of this par­tic­u­lar re­al­ity pro­gramme – his dad has been shown with live witch­etty grubs in his mouth dur­ing a bush­tucker trial.

Harry has won over nu­mer­ous view­ers with his amus­ing anec­dotes about his celebrity en­coun­ters.

He re­called how he ac­ci­den­tally snubbed Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice on sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions as he did not recog­nise them.

One per­son Red­knapp Snr is yet to talk about is his all-time favourite foot­baller Ge­orge Best, who died aged 59 in 2005 af­ter a bat­tle with al­co­holism.

Jamie said: “I was such a fan of Ge­orge Best... and he lived in our house ac­tu­ally.

“He was a ge­nius. He never taught me any foot­ball skills but I wish he had.

“My dad al­ways said he was the great­est player ever. He said he was so much bet­ter than any­body else, but also the most com­plete gen­tle­man.

“It’s such a shame what hap­pened to him. Prob­a­bly if he played now it would be a to­tally dif­fer­ent story.”

GROSS TASK... Harry with the grubs in his mouth

FAM­ILY Jamie & San­dra

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