"It was strange, it just shows you what happens in football. We can all remember when Arsène first came to England [in 1996 to manage Arsenal] – I remember reading articles saying he was like a professor watching the game and all the other nutters were jumping up and down, shouting and screaming. And that he wasn't like these idiots, that he's studying every move that's going on on the pitch like chess...[In 2003-04] they never lost a game all season so it was OK. I could've sat there with a cigar. But suddenly when you start losing a few games it all changes, doesn't it? Now he's joined the nutters. In fact he's one of the key nutters."
He then went on to describe Arsene as a gentleman and made it very clear that he had no problem whatsoever with Arsene as a person. It appears to be that Harry Redknapp has made a pretty valid point rather politely and that nothing offensive has been said at all, he is just getting across just how involved in things Arsene now is.
Sky have spun this into a headline of "Redknapp: 'Wenger's now a nutter' ", Teamtalk have just called Wenger 'nutty', while the Daily Star say 'Wenger is F***ing nuts!"; so numerous journalists have tried to spin this into a sensational headline that completely misrepresents what Redknapp actually said. So many of these kind of stories are whipped out of context, this then leads to more irrational hatred when there simply is no need for it. The newspapers are making money by pretending reality is far more exciting than it really is, most managers actually get on pretty well with each other.
Seeing as I've been led onto the topic of 'nutters'. Of all the managers in the Premiership there is one who is clearly far more stupid and deluded than all the others and he is Sam 'fat Sam' Allardyce. These quotes show what an absolute fool the man is, it is truly rare to find such delusion displayed so overtly:
"I would be more suited to Inter Milan or Real Madrid....It wouldn't be a problem for me to manage those clubs because I would win the double or the league every time......Give me Manchester United or Chelsea and I would do the same, it wouldn't be a problem.....It's not a problem to take me into the higher reaches of the Champions League or Premier League and would make my job a lot easier in winning it."
Just remember this is the man who couldn't hack it at Newcastle United, yet now he thinks he could easily cope with the biggest jobs in football and win the league every time. If you fancy a little chortle about fat Sam then have a listen to this piece by Alan Davies, rather amusing.