Every manager has made a bad signing.
In the above Betsafe video, Redknapp recalls the day Javier Margas decided to leave the club, and it’s a story you have to hear to believe. No, seriously.
According to the ex-Hammers boss, the Chilean defender, who signed in 1998 and stayed in east London for three years, never really settled at the club.
Redknapp admitted foreign players didn’t get looked after in quite the same way back then, which, in hindsight, could have led to what happened next…
“His wife hated it, she had a big family back home, she was crying,” recalled Redknapp.
“Suddenly he didn’t show up to training one day and someone said his wife had gone home and he was staying at the Swallow Hotel.
“So we went round to see him and someone said he might be going home, and we said ‘he can’t, he’s got a contract here, we bought him!'”
After heading around to the hotel, Redknapp tried to get hold of the Chilean for a conversation, but couldn’t access his room.
Eventually a member of staff let him in and, well… Margas was gone.
“He’d left half his gear there, the window was open, he was on the first floor, he obviously took what he needed, jumped out the window and legged it,” said Redknapp.
“We never saw him again, he went back to Chile, and that was the end of his career at West Ham.” Absolutely unbelievable.