Harry Redknapp has rallied behind disgraced manager Malky Mackay who is the centre of a text message scandal involving sexist, rascist and homophobic content.
The QPR boss spoke about the scandal at a press conference as his QPR meet Tottenham on Saturday.
“Malky Mackay has made a big mistake. What they have done is not right, but Malky is a fantastic lad and great fella.
“He’s a family and football man, who has made a big mistake. People make mistakes in life and suddenly everyone is an angel. Show me someone who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you a liar.
“It shouldn’t finish his life as he is a young man with a big future and is a top manager
“I feel really sad and sorry for what he has done. But I’m sure no one is suffering as much as him and his family.“I’m not condoning what he has done because it is wrong what he is alleged to have done in those messages, but he’s not a bad person.
“He’s not murdered anyone, he’s not a rapist, he’s not a paedophile. But it should not finish his football career.
“It will take time, but people get second chances in life. People have committed bad crimes so why shouldn’t he?
“We’re not going to hang him for it, are we? Life has to go on and he will learn from what he has done. He’s made a silly mistake, but I hope he comes back.
“I’m lucky I don’t send text messages. But he’s not the only one. I get text messages with sick jokes on.”
Meanwhile the League Managers’ Association have released a second statement to explain their controversial statement that they released yesterday which was meet with widespread criticism.
“The LMA apologises for some of its wording, in its release yesterday, which was inappropriate and has been perceived to trivialise matters of a racist, sexist or homophobic nature. That was certainly not our intention,” the statement read.
“It is beyond argument that any comments that are discriminatory, even used in private, are totally unacceptable. The LMA remains absolutely aware of our responsibility to the game and to promote and uphold the highest standards of behaviour.”
The new LMA statement concluded: “The LMA will not be commenting further on the allegations relating to Malky Mackay whilst the Football Association conducts its investigation, other than to repeat that both the LMA and Malky will be co-operating fully.
“We will continue to work with all of the game’s stakeholders to address the important issues of respect and discriminatory behaviour in all its forms.”
The investigation is currently ongoing with the FA and this story is set to continue as Mackay fights to save his career. Veteran manager Harry Redknapp is the first high profile figure in the game to offer some support for the former Cardiff City manager.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.