Top 5 reasons we’ll all miss Harry Redknapp on transfer deadline day

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Tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, is transfer deadline day for the entirety of the English football pyramid, which includes the Premier League’s 20 clubs.

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For the first time in six transfer deadline days, we will be forced to observe this pseudo national holiday without Henry James Redknapp — better known simply as “Harry” — being in charge of a football club. This is a sad day for anyone who has ever supported a Redknapp-managed club, because there were two days in a calendar year whereon you could let your deepest Redknapp loathings boil over free yourself of such vitriol and spite, and those were the final day of each year’s two transfer windows.

I’ll miss Harry tomorrow — I’m sure we all will — and here’s why:

5. Everybody else knew when they’d had enough (players), but not Harry

Harry’s favorite line on or around transfer deadline day was, and always will be, “I need more players.” It mattered not whether his transfer dealings had already run his current employers millions of dollars into the red, Harry needed that one last signing, because, and he just knew it, that was going to be the big one. If only his chairman would back him in the transfer market this one last time.

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4. Who’s going to sign Niko Kranjcar?

Yet another sacred transfer deadline day tradition to go unobserved if Harry doesn’t get a job in the next 18 hours. Harry signed Kranjcar as the manager of three different clubs — Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur and QPR. Don’t worry, Niko, your career may be quickly winding down at Dynamo Kyiv, but Harry will come for you one day.

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3. Who’s going to (try to) sign Jermain Defoe? And what about Peter Crouch?

Redknapp also signed Defoe while in charge of three different clubs — West Ham United, Portsmouth and Tottenham — before making every effort known to man to achieve his rare quadruple last January while at QPR. Don’t worry, though, Harry did achieve that elusive feat by signing Peter Crouch four different times — Portsmouth (twice), Southampton and Tottenham. Sadly, it looks as though Defoe will stay put at Sunderland in drama-free fashion on Tuesday, and that’s just not something Harry would have stood for.

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2. Who’s going to do the annual manager-hanging-out-the-car-window television interview?

Rephrased another way, that could have read, “What manager could possibly love the limelight of a TV camera on his deadline-day drive to and from the office the way that Harry did?” Answer: none. Harry may not have invented the car-window TV interview — he very well might have, actually — but he certainly perfected it. The reporter wasn’t interviewing Harry; Harry was holding court, and that window, an opulent portal unto the rest of the universe, was his courtroom.

Sidenote: Remember that time Brek Shea did a TV interview through his car window? If only he had made it at Stoke City, that would have been looked back upon as the day American soccer officially “arrived.”

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Brek Shea, transfer deadline day — January 31, 2013

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1. Because nobody — and I mean NOBODY — could wheel ’em and deal ’em the way that Harry could

Harry was born for this biannual celebration, the same way Lionel Messi was created to become the best soccer player in the world. Tactics and strategy and actual games be damned, league titles Champions League qualification Europa League qualification mid-table finishes relegation battles are won and lost not on the field, not during the transfer window as a whole, but during those final hours when a real “wheeler-dealer” did the business.

Some player, somewhere in the world, unhappy with his current club situation and available as a real steal, will go unsold tomorrow, and it could have all been avoided if someone had just hired Harry. In Harry’s day, transfer deadline day was so much smaller than the game of football or an individual club. He was transfer deadline day.

Carlos Vela scored a celestial goal. We are blessed to have seen it

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Carlos Vela is making all other spectacular individual MLS seasons look run of the mill.

I mean, look at the gumption on this guy.

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The Cancun-born playmaker left the San Jose Earthquakes back line on the beach with a soft shoe routine to give LAFC its third goal in a 4-0 win on Thursday

Vela, 30, now has 25 goals and 11 assists in 25 league matches for LAFC this season. He added two goals and an assist in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play.

But this one, yeah, this one takes the cake.

First, there’s Vela’s non-chalant dummy before picking up the pass.

Then, there’s Florian Jungwirth’s body language during and after his being cooked with a nutmeg. That’s an entire mood.

Next, Vela dribbles around the keeper and allows a slide tackler so glide past him before finishing with aplomb, the magic touch his going near post as if to say, “Can I beat this guy a second time, or do I have to use the easier route?”

Diego Rossi also had a goal and an assist, while Mark-Anthony Kaye continued his strong season with an assist to ex-Fiorentina prospect Joshua Perez. It’s a first MLS goal for the California-born Perez, now 21.

WATCH: Rooney sees red for forearm shiver, Kamara scores golazo

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Midweek MLS provided plenty to talk about on Wednesday, with two red cards and a golazo in one match alone.

The two main talking points from the New York Red Bulls’ 2-1 win over DC United weren’t really part of what led the victors to three points.

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How? Well, one of the world’s marquee names earned a red card via VAR and a returning star scores an absolute stunner, that’s how.

Here’s Ola Kamara’s debut marker for the Black-and-Red, adding to a record which included 49 goals in 97 matches between Columbus and the LA Galaxy before moving to the Chinese Super League for a wildly disappointing time with Shenzhen FC.

All of that is forgotten.

As for the Rooney incident, the Red Bulls already led 1-0 when DC’s star striker went forearm shiver on Cristian Casseres Jr.

It’s the second red of the season for Rooney, who is set for Derby County in January.

Amro Tarek was later sent off for the Red Bulls, who moved ahead of DC in the standings. Kaku and Daniel Royer had RBNY’s goals.

Newcastle takeover could be back on if in holiday relegation battle

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How much do Newcastle United supporters dislike their owner Mike Ashley right now?

Enough that this report is likely to condemn many to hoping their favorite club in the world is in the Bottom 3 come Christmas.

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The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas speculates that Ashley will lower his asking price for the club if it is in a relegation fight come December — something that looks certain after the Steve Bruce-led Magpies got bossed around by promoted Norwich City.

Nothing But Newcastle transcribed Douglas’ chatter from his podcast, in which he says,

“It wouldn’t surprise me if we hear more in December because there are still people sniffing around that football club and if the team are in the bottom three, there’ll be people thinking they can get a bargain out of Mike Ashley again. … He will probably more open to listening to lower offers in January and December which is what happened last December. He was basically saying ‘take it off my hands, you now have to take the risk’'”

This is notable for two reasons. First: the social experiment of wondering how many fans could see themselves rooting for their team to take a major and perilous back step just to see the back of a man they perceive is at the root of their failures (and that perception is widespread in this case).

But second, we can see if this rumor comes true because it’s difficult to imagine Newcastle as comfortably mid table by Christmas.

Fan protests and anger are nothing new, but here’s an effort to show how wobbly Ashley’s reputation is on Tyneside: Fans have taken to selling a black and white striped shirt with player name and number but no sponsor just so they can have a Newcastle jersey that doesn’t put money into Ashley’s pockets. And this is after he broke the club’s transfer record twice in one year.

If we’ve learned anything from the past few seasons, though, it’s that boycotts and anger will spur Ashley into insisting that he’s willing to sell and just conveniently enough it will be before the January transfer window. He “won’t be able to buy any players” with the takeover in play, and talks will hit a wall come late January, when they’ll loan a couple young players from Top Six sides.

Yes he spent significant money on Joelinton, Allen Saint-Maximin, and others this summer, but one decent window doesn’t make a culture. Count us amongst the skeptical, for now.

Messi back in training, could be fit for Betis

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Lionel Messi was back in full training again on Wednesday and may be fit to face Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Messi had been training separately from the squad since injuring his right calf in the preseason.

He missed the team’s 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the league opener on Friday.

Barcelona has not said how long it expects Messi to be sidelined.

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Coach Ernesto Valverde is also dealing with injuries to forwards Luiz Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.

Dembele is certain to miss Sunday’s match at the Camp Nou because of a left thigh injury that should keep him out for about five weeks.

Suarez also isn’t likely to play this weekend because of a muscle injury sustained before halftime of Friday’s game in Bilbao.

Two-time defending champion Barcelona hadn’t loss a league opener in 10 seasons.

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