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Tottenham boss hopes for tax evasion charges to be dropped

On Thursday Harry Redknapp is hoping charges of tax evasion that have hung over him since the start of the year will be dismissed at a court hearing in London. Lawyers for Tottenham boss Redknapp will appear at Southwark Crown Court alongside with the representatives of respective former Portsmouth chairman and chief executive Milan Mandaric and Peter Storrie in a bid to prevent their April trial going ahead.

The trio were charged in January following a three-year City of London Police and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs investigation into the financial affairs of Pompey, where Redknapp was manager until October 2008.

All three men deny the charges and will seek to have them dismissed on Thursday.

Should 63-year-old Redknapp succeed, it would be seen as a boost to his hopes of replacing Fabio Capello as England coach in the summer of 2012.

Redknapp was charged with two counts of cheating the public revenue of an estimated £40,000 after voluntarily attending London's Bishopsgate police station in January.

The move came at the end of an exhaustive 26-month police and tax inquiry into alleged corruption in English football.

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