Veteran coach desperate for three points on the South Coast.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has told his wife to forget arranging any birthday celebrations for him should the West Londoners lose at Southampton.
Redknapp turns 66 on Saturday, the same day that his bottom-of-the-table outfit visit fellow relegation strugglers Southampton, the South Coast club he used to manage.
“My whole weekend revolves around the match,” Redknapp said in the Daily Mail.
“To be honest my wife could make arrangements tomorrow night to bring Tony Bennett, who I absolutely love, over and I wouldn’t turn up if we got beat.
“I’m no use to anybody. My whole weekend will revolve around how the game goes tomorrow. I’ll be no use to anybody if it doesn’t go well.
“She wouldn’t even bother to arrange anything if I come home and it hasn’t gone well. It wouldn’t be worth me bothering.”
And, as for returning to St Mary’s, Redknapp said he knows what to expect from the home fans: “I’ll get a bit of grief but what can you do? It’s no problem. They’re not bad people, Southampton supporters. They’re good supporters.
“They’ll give me a bit of grief but that’s life. I won’t lose any sleep over it, the only thing I’ll lose sleep over is if the result is bad.”