A word of advice: before giving your team’s coach the keys to the city, make sure he hasn’t already slipped out the back door. Literally. That’s what happened in Portsmouth in the last week when Harry Redknapp, the manager who had led the local soccer club to victory in the FA Cup and a solid top-10 place in the English Premier League, was awarded the title of “freeman” in Portsmouth (This means he can now herd a flock of sheep through the middle of town). This is where it gets awkward.
Just three days earlier, Redknapp had left Portsmouth to join as manager the rich but last-place club, Tottenham Hotspur.
Read the column at ESPN.