Harry Redknapp banned Christmas parties after Tottenham squad flew to Dublin

Harry Redknapp 'banned Christmas parties' while Tottenham Hotspur manager after his players flew to Dublin for a party organised by Robbie Keane.

The party occurred during the festive period in 2009, with Spurs sitting fifth in the Premier League at Christmas as they chased a top four finish.

A few days after the party, Redknapp was informed it had taken place during a press conference, having previously known nothing about it.

The Athletic report that Redknapp went on to order his players to donate £20,000 to charity and banned Christmas parties in the future, a rule he also put in place at QPR.

On his attitude towards Christmas parties, Redknapp has since gone on to say: “No, I’m not into Christmas parties, not for footballers.

“I think it’s more aggravation than it’s worth. It’s a changing world out there and there’s always someone out there with a camera on their phone.”

Then Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas reflected on the fallout from the party in 2018, speaking to the Irish Independent, he said: “Harry stormed out of the press conference and brought us into the changing room.

“He went around to every one of us telling us how much of a disgrace we were.

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“He came to Keano at the end and asked for a list of who attended it. To be fair to Keano, I think he just walked into his office and handed him a blank sheet of paper and was like, ‘That’s who was there’.”

Spurs had been knocked out of the League Cup during December 2009 but had also recorded league wins over Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and top four rivals Manchester City.

That win over City helped the club to end the month in the top four, leapfrogging Aston Villa between Christmas and New Year's Day.

Come the end of the season, Spurs finished fourth in the league and qualified for the Champions League for the first time.

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