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Nov, 6, 2011

I'll never retire - Redknapp

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists he has no intentions of retiring despite his recent health scare.

The Spurs boss underwent minor heart surgery in midweek after he experienced chest pains and struggled to breathe. Redknapp will miss Tottenham's London derby against Fulham on Sunday, but he is itching to get back on the touchline.

"I always said they will probably end up taking Sir Alex Ferguson out of Old Trafford in a box and I'll probably be exactly the same," Redknapp said in the Sunday Mirror. "It will take more than a minor heart scare to convince me to walk away from the game.

"The only other way I'll walk away from football is the day I stop enjoying it and that isn't going to happen any day soon. On the contrary, I have probably never been happier in the job than I am now.

"I feel extremely fortunate to be involved in football and working for a great club with a superb group of players. Honestly, I even get a buzz out of watching the lads train, so my enthusiasm has never been greater."

Redknapp admits the recent scare did worry him, but despite the stress of being a football manager he insists he could not live without football.

"I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't initially worried, but thankfully it's all under control and I should be fine to resume work shortly after a brief break," he said. "You have to try and get it under control to a certain extent. My doctors have said I'll have a far healthier existence without it. That's far easier said than done.

"When you stand on that touchline kicking every ball, and your emotions are going through the roof, it can put some right strain on your heart. I know people say that stress is not being able to pay the mortgage but it comes in all shapes and forms, and in all walks of life.

"Any stress in life will eventually take its toll. If we lose a game, I get the raging hump and my blood pressure goes through the roof. As it is I have to take heart pills but I get so wrapped up in football my wife Sandra has to remind me to take them."

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