Redknapp gave Spurs the ‘hairdryer treatment’ after infamous Christmas party

first_imgFormer Tottenham man Jamie O’Hara revealed that then-manager Harry Redknapp went “absolutely mental” after an infamous Spurs Christmas party in 2009.Robbie Keane whisked some Spurs players away to Dublin for a knees-up despite knowing Redknapp would not have permitted it.In fact, the former Portsmouth and West Ham manager called a team meeting the day after the party had happened, forbidding the team from having one. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “I was at Tottenham and we’d organised a Christmas party,” O’Hara, still in the game as player-coach at Billericay Town of the Isthmian League, told TalkSport.“Harry Redknapp hated them and he was really against them.“Robbie Keane had organised this big event in Dublin, and we all went there. Before Harry even knew what was going on we’d had the Christmas party and we were back training on the Monday.“Harry pulled us into a team meeting in the afternoon and said ‘boys I’m just letting you know I don’t want any of you organising a Christmas party this year’, not knowing we’d already had one!”Those involved were soon caught, prompting Redknapp’s rage.The players were spotted out on the town by a photographer and pictures of them partying were in the tabloid press soon after, prompting Redknapp to give O’Hara, Keane and the other men involved the “hairdryer treatment”.“On the Tuesday, the Sun ran the story of us all out in nightclubs in Dublin – literally everyone’s on the back of it.“Harry Redknapp goes absolutely mental. He gave us the hairdryer treatment and let me tell you none of us played that weekend!”After the revelations Redknapp made his anger at the players known in the press, though he acknowledged that things could have been worse.“It will be dealt with I can tell you that,” the then 62-year-old said.“I wouldn’t like to say what I’m going to do but it will be dealt with and then we will move on.“They’ve not been fighting or anything like that. You could go back over some of the other parties that other clubs have had over the years and tell a million stories.“I haven’t had any negative reports about what went on but they didn’t ask my permission so they have to take the consequences, which they will do.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

French musher was leading Iditarod, but then his dogs quit

first_img 2 Photos Petit will learn from the experience and rebuild, she said.“I think Nic is handling this pretty well, actually. I think he wants to make sure to preserve a good mental attitude with these dogs for the rest of their careers. That’s what he’s looking at — not just today’s race,” Riddles said.For Petit, it’s another bad memory from the stretch between the Shaktoolik and Koyuk checkpoints.He was in command of last year’s race when he got off trail during a blizzard and lost the lead. He wound up finishing second behind Ulsom. By MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press Riddle been involved with mushing for 40 years and said she could live 20 lifetimes and not learn everything. But if the dogs get unhappy, they can quit on you, she said.“Sometimes all it takes is just this one sour grape in the team,” Riddles said. “One dog that has a bad attitude, and it infects the whole rest of the team.”Huskies in some ways are more primitive than other dogs, she said. Mushers are dealing with their pack mentality.“It’s like a wolf. Things happen over food. Sometimes if they think a dog is a little wimpy, when they’re crabby, they might want to pick on it,” she said. Published: March 11, 2019, 9:34am French musher was leading Iditarod, but then his dogs quit Share: The checkpoint is 827 miles into the 1,000-mile race across Alaska.Petit said his dogs are well-fed, and there’s no medical issue keeping them from getting up and running.“It’s just a head thing,” he said. “We’ll see if one of these dog teams coming by will wake them up at all.”People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals took issue with Petit’s reasoning. “It’s not the dogs who need to have their heads examined — it’s anyone who supports this merciless race. Illness, injury, or fatigue likely prompted Nicolas Petit to drop four dogs from his team, forcing the remaining 10 to work even harder before they gave up altogether, which he blamed on ‘just a head thing,’” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement.But Libby Riddles, the 1985 Iditarod champion and the first woman to win the race, said the incident demonstrates why dog mushing is a fine art. It requires a balance between being competitive and keeping the dogs happy.“People have this idea that you can force these dogs to Nome,” she said in a phone interview. “It’s not like that at all.”“The amount of intuition and communication and trust and experience you have with your dogs is how it all happens and comes together, and Nic Petit happens to actually be one of the best in the business at this,” Riddles said. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.center_img ANCHORAGE, Alaska — French musher Nicolas Petit looked like he was in solid control of the world’s most famous sled dog race and about to erase a year of doubts and second-guessing after a last minute misstep cost him the 2017 title.Then the dogs quit on him Monday morning.A dog named Joey had been fighting with another dog on the team and jumped it during a break as the team was making its way to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race checkpoint of Koyuk on the Bering Sea coast.“I yelled at Joey, and everybody heard the yelling, and that doesn’t happen,” Petit told the Iditarod Insider website. “And then they wouldn’t go anymore. Anywhere. So we camped here.”Several mushers passed Petit’s team on the trail, erasing his five-hour lead in the race. Pete Kaiser of Alaska was the first musher into Koyuk, followed about an hour later by defending champion Joar Ulsom of Norway. Kaiser rested for nearly 5 ½ hours before getting back on the trail. Nicolas Petit hugs one of his dogs before they leave Unalakleet, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 10, 2019. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP) Photo Gallery Subscribe Today “Something about right here, huh?” he mused.The race started March 2 in Willow, just north of Anchorage. The course through the Alaska wilderness took mushers over two mountain ranges and the frozen Yukon River before they reached the treacherous Bering Sea coast.The winner is expected to come off the sea ice and mush down Nome’s main street to the finish line sometime in the middle of the week. Share: The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. GO Receive latest stories and local news in your email:last_img read more