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Feb 8, 2012

Redknapp: Spurs fans eased nightmare

Harry Redknapp paid special tribute to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and the club's fans after he was cleared of tax evasion charges on Wednesday.

• Redknapp found not guilty

Jurors accepted Redknapp's denials after it was alleged that he avoided tax on payments totalling over £189,000 found in a Monaco account.

Both he and co-defendant Milan Mandaric found themselves the subjects of a five-year police investigation, which finally came to end on Wednesday.

Redknapp has missed a string of training sessions and even Monday's game at Liverpool due to his involvement at Southwark Crown Court. Key players such as Scott Parker and Michael Dawson have confessed that it has been tough to stay focused in his absence.

However, Redknapp insists Levy was aware of the case against him when he was hired at White Hart Lane in 2008, and he credited the entire club for its loyalty throughout the trial.

"I want to thank the support I've had from Tottenham, the support from Daniel Levy," Redknapp stated. "If ever he thought there was a problem when he gave me this job - this was going on over three years ago - he would never have employed me. He knew this was a case that should never have come to court.

"I especially have to thank the fans of Tottenham - the Wigan game was the most moving I've ever felt it. To have them singing my name throughout the game, that will always be special to me. I'll never forget that.

"Five years this has been hanging over us, I'm really looking forward to getting home. It's been a nightmare, five years for a case that should never have come to court. It's unbelievable.

"It was horrendous but it was a unanimous decision, the jury were unanimous that there was no case to answer."