Harry Redknapp Names His Two Worst Signings Ever, Both Were During His Time At West Ham
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Harry Redknapp has revealed the two worst signings of his 34-year career in football management - and both of them played under him at West Ham.
Known for his bargain buys in the transfer window, Redknapp can lay claim to securing some top-notch signings in years gone by, with Peter Crouch, Niko Kranjcar [of course] and Paulo Di Canio featuring in that category.
But even the best can get it wrong and during his time on reality show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, the former Southampton, Portsmouth and Spurs boss opened up about his worst signings ever.
First of all, Redknapp spoke about Marco Boogers; a player he brought to The Boleyn Ground from Sparta Rotterdam in 1995 for £800,000.
He was shown a video of his playing ability, where he looked "different class", but it was his attitude that let him down.
"Right from the word go Boogers' attitude stank," Redknapp said.
"He was among the stragglers at the back whenever we went for a run, he didn't want to work, he was lazy and the players all took an instant dislike to him.
"I suppose you could say he could play a bit, but certainly he was nowhere near as impressive as the video had made him out to be.
"He was declared 'psychologically unfit for football' - which only meant he'd persuaded a doctor to come up with some excuse why he couldn't return - and disappeared somewhere back home.
"We eventually found him hiding out in a caravan in Holland and only got him back by reading him the riot act.
"But his attitude was no better when he returned and we got shot of him to Groningen in the Dutch league."
Redknapp went on to name former West Ham striker Florin Raducioiu as another one of his worst signings.
The Romanian international, who played for Verona, Brescia and AC Milan before joining The Hammers, initially impressed after joining from Espanyol for £1.5 million in 1996. Things, however, didn't go to plan.
"I worked for a couple of hours with Raducioiu on the first day in training and I must admit he impressed me. He was a quality finisher and I really thought he'd be a success.
"But the moment we got into anything physical, he didn't want to know.
"He just couldn't face being tackled in any shape or form. Dicksy [Julian Dicks] was anxious to get stuck into him to see what he was made of, but Raducioiu made it clear that he wouldn't be challenging for anything.
In his first two friendlies, Raducioiu did nothing but moan about the rough treatment he was getting from opposition centre-halves.
"Don't ask me to explain how a former world-class player can suddenly become a fairy, but something had obviously happened to Raducioiu and he'd completely lost it.
"He'd been used to queuing for three hours in Bucharest for a loaf of bread and suddenly he was wearing a £28,000 watch. Perhaps the transition was too much for him."