David Bentley: Pouring water over ex-Tottenham boss soured relationship
David Bentley admits pouring bucket of water over ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp "probably soured" their relationship
David Bentley has admitted that his infamous act of pouring a bucket of water over Harry Redknapp “probably soured” his relationship with the ex-Tottenham manager.
The 29-year-old midfielder has said that he is unlikely to play professional football again after the former England international’s contract at the north London club came to an end last year.
It wasn’t getting one back at Harry or anything like that. It was just enjoying it and getting caught up in the emotion of it all
Bentley earned seven Three Lions caps and played for Arsenal, Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers, Spurs, FC Rostov and Birmingham City during a commendable career.
Perhaps his most famous incident was off the pitch, though, as the former Spurs playmaker dumped a tub of water over Redknapp along with other team-mates after a 1-0 win at Manchester City secured their Champions League spot in 2010.
And Bentley suggested that his relationship with one of English football’s biggest characters was never the same following the incident at The Etihad.
“I don’t know if he was best pleased about it to be honest,” Bentley told Newstalk’s Off The Ball show.
“It was just loving the moment. We’ve gone through the whole season, it was a massive game and we qualified for the Champions League.
“It was brilliant. I don’t think he enjoyed it that much – but I loved doing it!”
Asked if it soured his relationship with Redknapp, Bentley added: “Yeah, it probably did a little bit you know.
“It wasn’t getting one back at Harry or anything like that. It was just enjoying it and getting caught up in the emotion of it all.
“The bucket seemed like a good idea at the time.”
To listen to Off The Ball’s full interview with David Bentley, click here