Under the guidance of manager Harry Redknapp, Queens Park Rangers climbed to the top of the Championship over the weekend with a win at Blackpool. The secret to Redknapp's success might be his complex "f*****g run about a bit" tactics or his relatively strong squad, but it also might be his morning conversations with the birds in his garden.
Despite having to get up extra early to commute 200 miles a day from his home in Dorset to QPR's Harlington training complex, the 66-year-old has admitted he is addicted to feeding his winged friends every morning. He told The Daily Mail:
'I'm a compulsive bird feeder. You'll see me out in the dead of winter at 5am, filling up our feeders and tables.'
'We have about 30 and I can easily spend 80 quid on bird food a fortnight in the pet shop. I won't leave for work until I've fed them - I hate to think of them going hungry. Bit mad, innit?'
If Redknapp is spending £80 ($130) every two weeks, that would bring his annual bill to £2,080 ($3,400). That's a lot of money to spend on birds, even if it's his dog Rosie paying for it.
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