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Rafael van der Vaart tweets after Harry Redknapp joins 'I'm A Celebrity' cast

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Harry Redknapp probably isn’t high on the list of football personalities you would expect to be interested in appearing on a reality television show.

But, such is the nature of the entertainment industry, anything is possible.

Redknapp’s last managerial post was at Birmingham, where he was axed after just 13 matches in charge of the Championship club in September 2017.

Reflecting on his time in charge at St Andrew’s, the veteran gaffer said: "I took over a team that got out of trouble on the last day of last season, they'd had two wins out of 25, they weren't good enough. It needed change.

"But unfortunately I couldn't get the players in that I was after and it went down to deadline week before I got a big influx.

"Then it was six players making their debut on one day, then three games in that week, so even working on the training ground was difficult.

"It's a shame I didn't have the chance to see it through but time is something you don't get an awful lot of.”

It would be difficult for any manager to bounce back from such a disastrous spell, let alone one who has been patrolling the touchlines of England for almost 35 years.

That said, it’s no surprise Redknapp admitted there’s "every chance” the Birmingham job will be his last.

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Few could’ve predicted one of his next steps beyond football would see him anywhere the cast of ‘I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!’ for 2018.

Well, that’s exactly the direction he’s taken, and you could be forgiven for being somewhat intrigued to see how the 71-year-old fares alongside Anne Hegerty and Emily Atack among others.

Football fans have got a laugh from making jokes about the ‘luxury item’ each contestant can bring onto the show, many of which reference a player Redknapp signed three times - Niko Kranjcar.

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VAN DER VAART'S TWEET

However, another former Spurs man in Rafael van der Vaart has taken a different approach.

The 35-year-old - who played under the Englishman between 2010 and 2012 - couldn’t resist posting a screenshot of missed calls supposedly from 'Arry' and ITV.

Well played, Rafa - but it’s unlikely to be the last of the banter aimed at Redknapp as he prepares to enter the jungle this Sunday.

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Harry Redknapp
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