Dec 7 2012 By Paul Warburton
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HARRY Redknapp is the last manager you could imagine as a bit of a Scrooge.
The friendly outgoing QPR boss (pic) suggests he would be the life and soul of any party. But Harry readily admits Christmas and football could never be mates – and he is definitely ready to stick a big fat pin through party balloons.
Rangers have already called off their joint Christmas party as exclusively revealed in Chronicle sport, and their boss reckons anybody nipping out on a so-called secret spree is just asking for trouble.
“They (players) have got to be focused on their game,” he said.
“Someone tips the press and the cameraman’s waiting. Players are going to Dirty Harry’s or Charlie Chan’s or whatever it’s called, and they come out 3am and falling over – who needs that?
“You’ve got two and half months at the end of the season to do what you want.”
Despite the pressure of trying to get QPR off the bottom of the table and past troubles that saw him cleared of tax evasion and then sacked as Spurs manager, Redknapp reckons what defined a ‘tough’ year was better illustrated at Liverpool last week with the death of nine-year-old academy player Stephen Packer.
The manager added: “You have to feel for his mum and dad. That's tough. Being here at QPR might be tough in terms of football – but not in terms of life.”