Tottenham manager Redknapp cleared of tax evasion

ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- A jury has cleared Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp of tax evasion, removing a key barrier to his chances of becoming the next England coach.

Redknapp was found not guilty of two counts of concealing $295,000 of transfer bonuses in a Monaco bank account while in charge of Portsmouth.

Former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric was also found not guilty of two counts of cheating the public purse.

The 64-year-old Redknapp managed Portsmouth from 2002 to 2004 and returned in 2005 after a brief spell at Southampton before moving to Tottenham in 2008.

He has fought the accusations while enjoying the most successful period of his managerial career at Tottenham. Redknapp is the favorite to replace Fabio Capello after the European Championship in July.