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Soc­cer leg­end is odds-on to win Telly deals will boost £500k fee We could buy his jam roly-poly

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY JA­NINE YAQOOB TV Ed­i­tor


LOV­ABLE soc­cer boss Harry Red­knapp is set to be crowned King of the Jun­gle tonight – and he could be­come the rich­est-ever win­ner.

Ex-West Ham man­ager ’Arry stole the na­tion’s hearts with his cheeky quips, fond­ness for jam roly-poly and un­stint­ing love for wife of 54 years San­dra.

And as well as his £500,000 fee the man who fa­mously told a court he wasn’t good with money can look for­ward to sign­ing a se­ries of huge deals.

Hot tip Harry – odds-on with book­ies – is al­ready lined up to whip 13 Eng­land leg­ends into shape for ITV’s Match Fit.

Telly bosses im­pressed by his ra­zor­sharp wit seen by mil­lions ev­ery night want him on board for their projects too.

He could fol­low in son Jamie’s foot­steps by fronting a com­edy panel game, like Sky One’s A League of Their Own.

Or Harry, 71, and Jamie, 45, could team up for a fa­ther-and-son se­ries like Ge­orge and Larry Lamb, who toured Bri­tain by Bike, or Jack and Michael White­hall’s road trip show Trav­els With My Fa­ther.

Ex­ecs are even con­sid­er­ing calls for a Harry and San­dra re­al­ity show. The cou­ple were re­united in the jun­gle on Fri­day night and their af­fec­tion melted view­ers’ hearts. As soon as he saw San­dra, 71, Harry ran to hug her. Vamps star James McVey, 24 – evicted on Fri­day and set to pro­pose to girl­friend Kirstie Brit­tain, 23 – said: “Even when we were bal­anc­ing eggs to win let­ters from home he named the eggs San­dra. They’re the ab­so­lute ex­am­ple for Kirstie and I.”

Friends say Harry’s heart is still set on re­turn­ing to foot­ball – his true pas­sion.

Af­ter coach­ing Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth, Southamp­ton and Spurs his heart was bro­ken in 2012 when the FA chose Roy Hodg­son as Eng­land coach in­stead of him.

His last job was at Birm­ing­ham City in 2017 where he earned £1.75mil­lion. But ex­perts say the gaffer won’t need an­other foot­ball gig to hit the jack­pot. As camp sto­ry­teller – with celebs en­thralled by his tales of grow­ing up with the Krays, ris­ing to the top in foot­ball and mix­ing with roy­als – a six-fig­ure book deal is cer­tain.

Pub­lic speak­ing gigs are al­ready booked up for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

And – af­ter Paul New­man’s Own Sauces and Ge­orge Clooney’s Casami­gos Te­quila – look out for ’Arry’s jam roly­poly in your near­est su­per­mar­ket.

Cleared of tax eva­sion in 2012, Harry said the amount of money he “squan­dered” in bad in­vest­ments or help­ing pals would “blow your brains away”.

Those close to him say he now has the right peo­ple manag­ing his money.

Soon the jun­gle cham­pion could be roly-poly­ing in it!

I’m A Celeb is on ITV tonight at 9.10pm

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