Tottenham’s Redknapp to stand trial in January

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will stand trial in January for

tax evasion relating to his time in charge of Portsmouth.

The 64-year-old Redknapp is jointly accused with his former

chairman at Portsmouth, Milan Mandaric, of two charges of cheating

the public revenue.

Redknapp managed south-coast club Portsmouth between 2002 and

2004, and returned to Fratton Park in 2005 after a brief spell at

Southampton before moving to Tottenham in 2008.

The first charge alleges that between April 1, 2002, and Nov.

28, 2007, Mandaric paid $145,000 into a bank account held by

Redknapp in Monaco, to avoid paying income tax and national

insurance.

The second charge for the same offense relates to a sum of

$150,000 allegedly paid by Mandaric to the same account between May

1, 2004, and Nov. 28, 2007.

Both Redknapp and Mandaric, who is now chairman at third-tier

club Sheffield Wednesday, deny the charges. A two-week trial is due

to begin at London’s Southwark Crown Court on Jan. 23.

Judge Anthony Leonard ruled on Thursday that a ban on reporting

details of the proceedings could be lifted at 1430 GMT on

Saturday.

Redknapp underwent minor heart surgery earlier this month to

unblock his arteries and has missed two Tottenham matches so far

while he recovers.

Tottenham is fifth in the Premier League and Redknapp is hotly

tipped to replace Fabio Capello as England coach after the 2012

European Championship.