Harry Redknapp says he can’t get his head around the idea he is a sex symbol

Harry Redknapp during Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Racecourse. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
Harry Redknapp during Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Racecourse. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

Harry Redknapp has revealed he can’t get his head around the idea he is a sex symbol.

The former football boss took part in the 2018 series of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, and was crowned ‘King of the Jungle’ after winning fans over with his down-to-earth charm and hilarious anecdotes about his marriage to the long-suffering Sandra.

When asked about his new found fame amongst TV fans, and sex symbol status, the former Tottenham manager said to The Mirror: “Me a sex symbol?

“I can’t get my head round that and nor can Sandra.”

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Despite new admirers, Londoner Redknapp says he’s happily married to his wife of 51 years. He said: “Sandra knows no one’s that stupid to want to run off with me and I haven’t been chucked any knickers or been handed any phone numbers of anything. No, no, no, definitely none of that stuff. I’m happily married. I’m not stupid. I know when I’m well off.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 20:  Harry Redknapp and wife Sandra Harris leave St. Paul's Church after attending the wedding of Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley on December 20, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Alex B. Huckle/GC Images)
Harry Redknapp and wife Sandra leave St. Paul's Church after attending the wedding of Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley on December 20, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Alex B. Huckle/GC Images)

“If I’d married an ugly old bird, sitting there with her rollers in, or someone I didn’t stop arguing with for 10 years, I might’ve been different. I might’ve ended up getting a divorce; but I married a super fit bird, I get on great with - you couldn’t have a row with my missus if you tried. She’s so placid.

“I don’t know what I’d do without her.”

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He says the biggest difference since leaving the jungle is how it is no longer just football fans who want to talk to him in public.

“It’s been crazy. When I came out, people were saying, ‘You ain’t going to believe it. It’s manic.’ The biggest difference is who talks to me now.

“It used to be mostly just blokes talking about football but now it’s everyone; women and children too but I ain’t got a problem with it. I’ve always got time for people.”