Redknapp to face tax proceedings

LONDON - Tottenham Hotspur have pledged their full support to manager Harry Redknapp after learning he will face legal proceedings over a tax issue.

The Premier League club issued the following statement from Redknapp's solicitors, BCL Burton Copeland, on its official website on Saturday:

"Harry Redknapp is extremely surprised and disappointed to have been informed that HMRC intend to institute proceedings against him in the week commencing January 11, 2010."

"We believe that the decision to commence proceedings will, in due course, be shown to have been totally misconceived."

Redknapp, whose Spurs side won 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, has managed West Ham United and south coast clubs Southampton and Portsmouth, who he lead to FA Cup success in 2008.

Tottenham added: "The club considers this matter to be a private, tax issue which pre-dates Harry's employment with the club and which is not related to football matters. His position remains unaffected and he has the full support of the club."