Harry Redknapp has said that “he loved every minute” of his experience with the GAA and has praised the community effort within the sport.
The former Tottenham manager was tasked with the job of managing Cork club, Castlehaven as they went to battle against Erin’s Isle of Dublin, managed by Gianluca Vialli in a new series of AIB’s ‘The Toughest Rivalry’.
Although he admits the it was a daunting opportunity at first, he was motivated by the chance to do something different.
“When they came and asked me to come over, I’d never seen a game, or didn’t know anything about the game really. I thought, well it’s going to be difficult. But then when they said Gianluca Vialli was going to manage the other team that we were playing against, I thought ‘well I must have a chance, what would he know about it?’ He’s Italian, he’ll know even less about this game than me!
It was as good a few days as I’ve ever spent anywhere. I loved every minute of it. It was like going back in time. Everybody was there doing it because they loved the game. Everybody was involved in the club that lived in Castlehaven. Everyone that I met seemed to be part of the club, and the whole community spirit was just brilliant.”
The 71-year-old has praised the commitment of GAA players, saying it was wonderful to see their positive attitude to the amateur sport.
“They’d come in and train and trained hard. But they were just doing it because they loved doing it. They give up their time to be part of it. It’s all part of the community, they grew up, probably come through the U10s, all the way through to the first team. So yeah, it was a good experience for me.”
The first episode of the eight part mini-series, ‘The Toughest Rivalry’ will air on Friday, July 13th, exclusively on AIB’s social channels.