By Daniel Hunter

Harry Redknapp is facing an anxious wait as the jury deliberating in his alleged tax evasion case have been sent out to consider their verdict.

The trial, which has overshadowed everything else in Redknapp's life, has been headline news for the past few weeks, and is set for a conclusion either today (Tuesday) or tomorrow.

Redknapp, the current Spurs boss, and many people's favourite to become the next England coach, denies accepting bonus payments totalling £189,000 from former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric during their time at the club.

Given the footballing public's fondness to Redknapp, and their desire to see him manage England, there is a fear the jury may feel some sympathy towards him.

However, Judge Anthony Leonard told the eight men and four women at Southwark Crown Court that "football is an emotive subject, stirring in an individual anything from deep passion to resentment."

"This case is not about football but about allegations of tax fraud," he added.

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