At the season’s end, you can look back over the previous ten months and point to many occasions when a different result would have made all the difference but if Tottenham had scored just one more away goal they would have qualified for the Champions League. After last season’s disappointment of missing the Champions League, [...]
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A year ago, he was tipped to be the next England manager and his Tottenham team were riding high. Today the England job is a distant memory and his new team QPR have been relegated. How disappointed must Redknapp be? Not as much as people might think, writes John Crace
On the morning of 8 February last year Harry Redknapp was cleared of tax evasion; that evening Fabio Capello announced his immediate resignation as England football manager. The timing was hardly a coincidence. Capello had never been a popular manager – particularly with football reporters – and after he had made clear the previous year that he was planning to give up the job after Euro 2012, Redknapp had been almost universally anointed manager-elect. With his acquittal, the only obstacle to the succession had been removed.
The Harry love-in continued for a couple of months, with nearly every current England player and football pundit weighing in to back Redknapp as the ideal man for the job. Even the Football Association appeared to be endorsing him, with board member Phil Gartside telling the BBC that Redknapp would be “an outstanding England manager”. And then, seemingly out of the blue, Roy Hodgson was given the job. If there had been a shortlist, Redknapp hadn’t even been on it, as he wasn’t invited for a job interview. Redknapp was gracious about missing out, but it was a public humiliation.
Worse was to come. Before the trial, Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspur team had been playing some of the best football in the Premiership. Afterwards, their form fell away and when Chelsea won the European Champions League, Spurs were squeezed out of the top level of European competition for the following season. It didn’t seem quite the time for Redknapp to engage in brinkmanship with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy over the renewal of his contract. And so it proved; rather than negotiate, Levy sacked him in June.
By November 2012, Redknapp was back in business at another Premiership side, Queens Park Rangers, but his magic touch again went awol. At the weekend they were relegated.
Things haven’t exactly been rosy in the England camp, either. Hodgson’s tenure has proved much as expected: methodical, hard-working, but inspiration- and charisma-free. England predictably made hard work of Euro 2012, losing to Italy on penalties in the quarter final, and are no certainty to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next year. Many England supporters who have been observing Redknapp’s apparent fall from grace at QPR couldn’t help but wonder if Harry wasn’t the second-best manager that England never had (the accolade for best still goes to Brian Clough). What almost no one was thinking was whether it was just possible Redknapp had dodged a bullet.
There was a gag going round the terraces of White Hart Lane last season when it seemed inevitable Redknapp would become England manager. “What’s the first thing Harry will do when he takes over England? Buy a couple of Croatians.” The joke was double-edged, recognising both that the England team looked old and short of quality and that Redknapp’s preferred solution at all the clubs he had previously managed was to buy his way out of trouble. With this being a non-starter for an England manager, the implication was that Redknapp would struggle at international level.
And yet it was equally possible that his weaknesses at club level could have proved an asset for England. “The England manager has to play the cards he is dealt,” says TalkSport presenter Sam Delaney. “While Harry was very good at wheeler-dealering, it could be very distracting. As England manager, his focus would have been maintained on his existing squad. In the same way, an international manager doesn’t have to worry too much about building a squad and developing talent – neither of which are Harry’s strongest points; his job is merely to pick the best players who are available to him. Nor does the team ever play so frequently that the squad needs to be rotated – another often-cited Redknapp weakness.”
It has also often been argued that Redknapp isn’t the greatest tactician – the former Spurs player Rafa van der Vaart once remarked that the tactics chalkboard in the dressing-room was usually kept blank – but he is more than good enough. And his motivational skills would have more than compensated, because at international level a manager is trying to achieve a short-term lift. For a single game or a four-week tournament, Redknapp’s basic enthusiasm and common sense are precisely what is needed. Over the course of a full Premier League season, telling a striker – as Redknapp once did to Roman Pavlyuchenko – “to fucking run around a bit” might end up doing more harm than good, but to get a result over 90 minutes it can be effective street football.
Regardless of the qualities Redknapp may have brought to the job, his time as England manager would, almost certainly, have ended in tears. Because every England manager’s does. The national side isn’t as good as it thinks it is – or, come the major tournaments, as the media hypes it to be – and the inevitable early exit from the Euros and the World Cup is almost invariably followed by recriminations and a sacking. Not that it would have stopped him from accepting the England job had he been asked. Redknapp was 65 at the time and what better way to end your career than taking over the national side?
A more interesting question, though, is just how much Redknapp really wanted the England job. The answer is not what you might expect. Redknapp has been misread by fans, footballers and reporters for years. Despite appearances to the contrary, Redknapp has never been football’s ordinary man; he has always been everyone’s exception. Other British football managers may have had more success, but few have been more universally loved. He is a man with the gift of making you feel as if you know him when you don’t: a national treasure whose weaknesses only add to his charm.
For some, he is the what-you-see-is-what-you-get, always-ready-to-have-a-laugh character out of an Ealing comedy: for others, including the police on occasion, he is the East End working-class wide boy. The archetypal dodgy geezer. Both versions of Redknapp are hopelessly simplistic. You don’t get to manage a Premiership club just by cracking jokes and being charming. A manager who was a soft touch wouldn’t last a month.
Neither does the dodgy geezer caricature stack up. There have been rumours about Redknapp’s financial dealings for more than a decade, but he was cleared of taking bungs by the Stevens inquiry into corruption in football in 2007, released without charge by the police in the same year after being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting, and cleared of tax evasion charges at Southwark crown court in February last year. If there was something desperately dodgy going on, you might have expected it to have emerged by now.
But it isn’t just the Redknapp caricatures that have been misread. It is also the finer, more subtle, points of his personality. Starting with his ambition. When Redknapp became everyone’s firm favourite for the England job, it was generally assumed that becoming manager of the national team must have been the fulfilment of a lifetime’s ambition. And Redknapp did make a few of the right noises. Yet being handed the job on a plate is very different from having a burning desire to do it.
Take a look at Redknapp’s managerial career. He was 45 years old when he was forced out/resigned as Bournemouth manager, the age by which many men hope to have made their mark. He then went on to West Ham as number two to Billy Bonds before inheriting – or possibly manoeuvring himself into – the top job. He stayed in east London for about a decade, before falling out with the chairman and finding himself jobless. He then became “director of football” at Portsmouth – a title he had always previously described as a non-job – before again either inheriting or manoeuvring himself into the manager’s job. Next up, he had a year in charge of Southampton, in which time the club was relegated from the Premier League, before going back to Portsmouth where he achieved his greatest managerial success by steering the team to a first FA Cup for nearly 70 years.
Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth and Southampton were clubs where a little of Redknapp’s stardust would go a very long way and where his managerial weaknesses would not come under too heavy a spotlight. Portsmouth’s FA Cup success caught people’s attention and the big clubs did come knocking.
Spurs were the first truly big team that Redknapp managed and he was over 60 when he took the job. It wasn’t a job he had actually been seeking and a large factor in his agreeing to accept it – apart from the money – appeared to be that London was close enough to his home in Sandbanks near Poole in Dorset for him to commute daily. A lifestyle choice, rather than the realisation of a football dream.
All in all, then, Redknapp’s may have been the career of a hard-working and talented manager, but it wasn’t one driven by the vaulting ambition of a Fergie, Wenger or Mourinho, the alpha males of football for whom anything less than 110%, heart-on-sleeve commitment to being the best is an intolerable admission of weakness. Redknapp wants to do well, he’s prepared to work hard to succeed, but the bottom line is that there are other things that mean more to him than football. Redknapp’s main aim has always been to make a living out of the game, to earn enough money to provide for his family while doing something he enjoyed.
Doing a job he liked and being able to return home to his wife Sandra and the dogs to stare out across Poole harbour through the telescope he had mounted in his living room was all he had ever dreamed of when he first went into management. After he had finished his playing career for the Seattle Sounders in the US in 1979, Redknapp had returned to the UK unsure of his future: he had never made any real plans for a life after hanging up his boots and only drifted into management when his old friend and mentor, Bobby Moore, asked him to be his assistant manager at non-league Oxford City on £120 per week.
Redknapp was grateful for the work but shocked at how far Moore had fallen. “It had never occurred to him that a World Cup-winning captain and football legend could end up managing a non-league side, playing against opponents who openly disrespected his reputation,” says Pete Johnson, a local sports reporter who has known Redknapp since his early days at Bournemouth. “It was a real wakeup call for Harry. If it could happen to Bobby, it could happen to anyone. From that point on, Redknapp was determined he wasn’t going to end up as one of the vast number of bitter ex-footballers who had been spat out and left broke and broken by the game. He was going to keep his wits about him and not let anyone take advantage of him. From then on, whatever career he could make in football was going to be on his own terms as far as possible. And he wasn’t going to end up penniless.”
And he didn’t, though it was a close run thing in the early days. Before he got the job at Bournemouth he considered spending his last £17,000 on buying a cab. Thankfully for football – and the south coast passengers who have been spared his patter – things worked out rather better for Redknapp. The 2012 Sunday Times Rich List in Sport ranked him in 84th place with a salary at Tottenham Hotspur of £4.4m a year and assets of £11m: those who were familiar with Redknapp’s financial arrangements considered £11m to be a very conservative estimate.
Long after most of his contemporaries have retired to the golf course, Redknapp is still at it, doing what he loves best. Sure, he’s disappointed that he didn’t get to manage England, though he is not that sorry to have escaped a lot of the boredom that comes with the job. And sure, he is disappointed he couldn’t prevent QPR from getting relegated, but it is not the end of the world. Redknapp had always been on a win-win bet at Loftus Road. If the club stayed up he would be a hero and collect a £1m bonus; if not, almost all the blame for its predicament would be attached to the former manager, Mark Hughes.
Besides, managing a Championship side isn’t that bad. Redknapp has done it before and he’ll do it again, if necessary. And there is always the chance that come December this year he will get a call from the chairman of another Premier League club – preferably within commuting distance of Sandbanks – who would be looking for him to get the team out of another relegation dogfight. Plus ça change. The sweat, the mud, the adrenalin, the agony, the joy. Who could resist? A footballer is a long time out of the game and Redknapp isn’t planning on going away anywhere sooner than necessary.
Queen’s Park Rangers’ draw with Reading confirmed both clubs’ relegation and completes a remarkable eighteen months in the life and circumstances of former Tottenham manager, Harry Redknapp. From managing Tottenham who were close to putting in a challenge for the Premier League title, to hot favourite for the England manager’s post, to out of work [...]
• ‘I wouldn’t take it now no. Not now, not in the future’
• Claims FA did not appoint him due to cost of Spurs contract
Harry Redknapp claims he would reject any approach to become England’s manager and blames his contract at Tottenham Hotspur for his failure to succeed Fabio Capello in the post last year.
Redknapp was the strong favourite to fill a position he had long coveted when Capello resigned in February last year, only for the Football Association to appoint Roy Hodgson instead.
The 66-year-old Queens Park Rangers manager, who was sacked by Tottenham in June 2012 after failing to agree a new contract, believes the cost of luring him away from White Hart Lane convinced the FA to look for a more affordable option elsewhere.
“I wouldn’t take it [the England job] now, no. Not now, not in the future,” Redknapp told Twentyfour7 Football magazine.
“That was my time, really, if I was going to get it. Last year there were a lot of things that went against me surrounding that massive contractual clause. People will always deny that is the reason, the FA couldn’t say that and I won’t say, but it didn’t help me.
“I had such a badly loaded contract it was crazy, in Tottenham’s favour. That’s what you get for not reading your contract properly. It was a massive amount that someone would have had to pay to get me out of it.
“If they sacked me it wasn’t so massive and that was a bolt out of the blue, a shock, I genuinely never saw it coming.”
Redknapp insists that Tottenham’s decision to sack him was made by the owner Joe Lewis and not the club’s chief executive, Daniel Levy.
“Was it Levy who cut the cord? It was other people, the owner of the club that decided,” he said.
Hindsight is a tool used by the smug in the pursuit of one upmanship. “That was obvious.” “It was always going to happen.” “I could have told you that.” It is a familiar track that never seems to be exhausted. …
• Redknapp in for Bentley, Jenas and Townsend
• QPR also keen on Christopher Samba and Peter Crouch
Harry Redknapp is primed to make a startling raid on his former club Tottenham Hotspur to sign David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend as he battles to keep Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League.
The Loftus Road manager has said that his club will be doomed if they cannot beat Thursday night’s transfer cut-off to bolster the squad and he also hopes to complete the signing of the Anzhi Makhachkala central defender Christopher Samba for a club record fee. It is the potential purchase of the Tottenham trio, though, that promises to be a major plotline of deadline day.
Bentley’s deal expires in the summer of 2014 and Jenas’s at the end of this season and Redknapp effectively wants to take over their contracts. Townsend, the young winger, is wanted on loan until the end of the campaign.
The capture of Bentley, in particular, would raise eyebrows, given that Redknapp expressed his frustration with the some-time England winger when they worked together at Tottenham. He could not find a place for him in the team and he sent him on loan to Birmingham City and West Ham. There was also the infamous incident when Bentley drenched Redknapp with water in the boisterous celebrations after Tottenham qualified for the Champions League in 2010, which did not go down well.
Redknapp, though, has always appreciated Bentley’s creative talent. The 28-year-old, who joined Tottenham from Blackburn Rovers for £15m in 2008, has just returned from a loan at FC Rostov in Russia and Jenas is back from a loan at Nottingham Forest.
Samba left Anzhi’s winter training camp in Marbella on Tuesday without bidding farewell to his team-mates and flew to London, with the Russian club’s manager, Guus Hiddink, confirming he expected the deal to go through before the cut-off. QPR have triggered a clause in the 28-year-old’s £100,000-a-week contract, thought to be set at £12.5m, with the centre-half keen to return to England.
“It’s not a very good situation,” said Hiddink. “Samba was with us during this season, began preparations for the winter training camps and suddenly this opportunity arose with an English club. He left for England on Tuesday. Unfortunately we didn’t even have a chance to say goodbye to him. He didn’t explain anything to us. Everything has developed very quickly.” Almost by way of consolation, Anzhi expect to sign the Brazilian winger Willian from Shakhtar Donetsk for around £29m.
Samba would join Yun Suk-young at Loftus Road after the South Korea left-back was granted international clearance and signed a three-and-a-half-year contract. Another defensive target, the Portuguese centre-half Rolando, is expected to complete a six-month loan move to Napoli from Porto, and the Rangers chairman, Tony Fernandes, has seen a second, improved bid for the Fulham centre-back Brede Hangeland rejected. The Craven Cottage club hope to retain their captain until the end of the season. QPR are expected to resume talks with Stoke City over the purchase of Peter Crouch, who has played under Redknapp at Southampton, Tottenham and Portsmouth, though the clubs are some distance apart over a fee for the 32-year-old.
There will be further departures, too, from Loftus Road with the forward DJ Campbell likely to join Hull City in the Championship and Alejandro Faurlín talking to Palermo over a loan move until the end of the season.
Broken Record Warning: I like reiterating my points, talking from as many different angles as much as I can. Change is no stranger to Tottenham Hotspur. We love it. Sometimes we embrace it – we changed from a pint of Carling, poured from a bottle left …
To call it a Sunday league scrap wouldn’t have been too far off the mark.
I’m a little teapot…The game was lacking in all areas, not helped by the Loftus Road surface and Redknapp’s tactics to have 10 men behind the ball when not in possession.
Tottenham finished the match against Queen’s Park Rangers disappointed and frustrated that they had been unable to break through the home side’s dogged defence as the London derby finished goalless at Loftus Road. Spurs dictated play but apart from an early double-save by Julio Cesar in the Rangers’ goal, he had a relatively untroubled afternoon. [...]
After the scoreless draw with Spurs, the R’s boss revealed that the club are looking to strengthen the squad in an attempt to boost their chances of survival this year
The QPR manager faces his former club on Saturday afternoon with Andre Villas-Boas’ Spurs team flying high in third position, but he insists he is ‘loving it’ at Loftus Road
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Rounding up the latest news ahead of this weekend’s action in the Premier League
Is it me, or does the media revolve around Harry Redknapp? I know he is a genius (like Alex Ferguson) at using the press to his advantage, but should he [...]
• QPR manager says he is enjoying life at Loftus Road
• Redknapp: Spurs have a stronger squad than Arsenal
At first Harry Redknapp feigns ignorance. “I have no idea, not a clue,” he says with a shrug when asked why, last summer, the manager who had steered Tottenham Hotspur to fourth place in the Premier League arrived at a meeting with his chairman apparently hopeful of securing a new contract and departed shortly afterwards out of a job. Fast forward through an insistence that he bears no grudges, however, and an inkling of an explanation emerges. “I’ve got my own feelings about why things happened but it’s difficult for me to say … It was political.”
At some stage on Saturday afternoon, Redknapp may find himself contemplating the personal cost of those politics. The 65-year-old has flung himself wholeheartedly into his new role as manager of Queens Park Rangers but, with his current employers still wincing under the weight of the Premier League even after a win at Chelsea in their last outing, nothing will expose his rapid descent from the pursuit of the Champions League to an attempt to scramble clear of the drop to the Championship more acutely than Spurs’ visit to Loftus Road.
Redknapp speaks glowingly of almost four years in north London, a period where he hoisted a team from the foot of the table into Europe’s elite competition and two top-four finishes. His dismissal in June centred on the breakdown of his relationship with the chairman, Daniel Levy, and by extension Joe Lewis, the billionaire owner of Enic, the company who control the club. The manager’s newly appointed agent, Paul Stretford, had sought a new four-year deal arguing security over his client’s long-term future could be key to retaining the squad’s better players. Yet the team’s spluttering form over the season’s final months, a period when most were unsettled by talk of the manager taking the England job, and Chelsea’s success in winning the European Cup to oust Spurs from contention put paid to those ambitions.
The agent ended up negotiating a settlement for the remaining 12 months of the existing deal. “I went to see Daniel about signing a new contract and that was it, it ended with me leaving,” Redknapp recalls. “That’s life, isn’t it. I was supposed to be getting the England job, then I didn’t. It happens. And there were more important things happening in my life last year than that [a reference to his acquittal for tax evasion at Southwark crown court]. There are people out there with little kids suffering from leukemia so this is nothing, and what has actually happened to me? I had four great years there and got very well paid. I’ve now come to QPR, don’t get so well paid but I’m here and I’m loving it.
“Daniel was the first on the phone to me when I got this job, wishing me all the best, and we spoke again on Thursday. That was just about players – I don’t mix socially with him – but they’ve got a few there and I wanted to see if there was anyone we could use. Let’s not kid ourselves. Daniel’s not going to say: ‘Good old Harry, let’s help him out. I love QPR.’ He isn’t going to give us a special deal because it’s me. He’ll look to get whatever he thinks someone’s value is, that’s what he does. And January is his time of year. He’ll be offering those ‘three for one’ deals, or buy one get one free, on the last day. That’s how he works.”
The transfer window has offered Redknapp a reminder of the differences between life at Spurs and Rangers, a contrast neatly encapsulated by his endearing interest in the Marseille striker Loïc Rémy. A year ago he had travelled to the Bouches-du-Rhône hopeful a deal could be struck with the player eager to move to Tottenham, only for the £22m price tag to scupper the move. Last weekend Redknapp was back at Stade Vélodrome hoping to entice the forward again. “But I couldn’t even get a meeting with him,” he said. “I just think he felt embarrassed coming to see me this time to say he wasn’t interested in coming to QPR. But plenty see you at the bottom of the league and probably think … well, you know.”
The same may be true of another target, Rennes’s Yann M’Vila, even if making an impact in a successful Premier League fight against relegation can serve to elevate a player’s profile. Spurs, of course, were operating in another market and still are. At the same stage last year Tottenham were third, as they are now under André Villas-Boas, though seven points better off and travelling to Manchester City very much involved in the title race. Matters unravelled thereafter, but the former manager recognises them as contenders these days. “I think they can win the league,” he says. “They’ve got a stronger squad than Arsenal, and they’re not far off Chelsea. They’re a club who can keep improving and they’ll go for it.
“I wouldn’t have done any better than [Villas-Boas] has done. He’s done a fantastic job, getting the best out of a great squad. Good luck to them – I hope they win the league one day. I’m not a jealous, bitter, twisted person about anybody. People have taken liberties with me in my life like you’d never believe but I forgive and forget and shake hands.” Perhaps no explanation will be required. Redknapp has moved on.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp says he was not referring to Spurs manager André Villas Boas when he remarked that “You’d have to be a dope to mess up Chelsea job”
Tottenham Hotspur manager André Villas-Boas says Harry Redknapp should have the advantage going into Saturday’s game against QPR
The mind games and pre match talk begun midweek.
There was bound to be a fair bit of media attention in the build up to this fixture but having the Manchester Utd v Liverpool game along with Arsenal v City on Sunday has somewhat taken a little bit of t…
The now QPR manager was axed by the Spurs supremo in June but has no ill-feelings towards him and will shake his hand when he visits Loftus Road on Saturday
Ahead of the pair meeting at Loftus Road, Goal.com asks whether the north London outfit have improved under their new manager or if Daniel Levy was wrong to sack his predecessor
The Tottenham boss has slammed his QPR counterpart for suggesting it would be difficult not to succeed at Chelsea – the club from which the Portuguese was recently sacked
• Redknapp: ‘You’d have to be a dope to mess up Chelsea job’
• Villas-Boas: ‘You have to experience it and survive it’
André Villas-Boas refused to be drawn into a war of words with the man he replaced at Tottenham after Harry Redknapp was perceived to have mocked the Portuguese for failing to achieve success at Chelsea.
Redknapp was accused in some quarters of firing a sly jibe at Villas-Boas last week when, in response to a question about the likelihood of Rafael Benítez thriving at Stamford Bridge, he remarked: “You’d have to be a dope to mess it up with that group of players.” Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea last year nine months into a three-year contract and his assistant, Roberto Di Matteo, took over and led the team to Champions League and FA Cup triumphs.
Villas-Boas professed to being unruffled by Redknapp’s remark, simply noting that the Queens Park Rangers manager is in no position to venture an opinion on the singular goings-on at Chelsea since he has never worked at that club. “Only when you manage it you can find out about it,” said Tottenham’s manager. “You have to be able to access a club like that to experience it. It’s a different type of club and you have to experience it and survive it.”
Villas-Boas said his reputation was dented by his stint at Stamford Bridge but believes he and Tottenham are poised to reach new heights. He is relishing the stability he has found at White Hart Lane – he took care not to contrast overtly that atmosphere with what he endured at Chelsea or, indeed, with the uncertainty that engulfed Tottenham last season when Redknapp refused to rule himself out of the running for the England job, a stance that was said to have annoyed the club’s chairman, Daniel Levy, and contributed towards the decision to seek a new manager in the summer.
“That was a club decision and I can’t really expand on the reasons for it,” said Villas-Boas, who said he and his team are revelling in their unity of purpose. “Stability is always important,” he said. “Even on the players’ confidence, and they are the ones that make the difference. When they feel comfortable about their football, they do things better on the pitch and I think that is what they are doing now. Maybe that is why you see so many players feeling good about their football and playing extremely well.”
Villas-Boas said that beyond shaking hands with Redknapp before previous matches, he has never so much as spoken to his predecessor.
The pair will come face to face at Loftus Road on Saturday when Tottenham will attempt to compound Redknapp’s relegation fears and boost their own upward momentum.
The Portuguese labelled the match a must-win duel for his side given that Manchester City and Arsenal are playing against each other this weekend and Manchester United take on Liverpool. “What I want is for us to profit from a weekend where the top teams meet each other. It will be excellent for us if we can get Manchester City into this battle between ourselves, Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton. That is our objective, to shorten the gap to the top and open the gap to the teams who are below us.”
The Tottenham manager said his club are unlikely to make any new signings this month even though Emmanuel Adebayor will leave for the Africa Cup of Nations after the QPR match, meaning he will miss between two and five matches.
Villas-Boas denied reports that the club is interested in the Montpellier midfielder Younès Belhanda. He admitted that he is an admirer of Internacional’s striker Leandro Damião but said it is “extremely unlikely” that Tottenham will be able to do a deal for the Brazilian due to interest from richer clubs.
Tottenham’s Premier League match against Queen’s Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday is not about Harry Redknapp! No matter how much the media try to make it about Redknapp, the game is not about the former Tottenham manager. They will approach the game from every angle – Harry Redknapp against Andre Villas-Boas, Redknapp and [...]
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