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How Tottenham fell out of love with Harry Redknapp

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Phil McNulty | 01:00 UK time, Thursday, 14 June 2012

When Harry Redknapp stood on the steps of Southwark Crown Court in February after being cleared of tax evasion, the last obstacle to a golden farewell to his career looked to have been cleared.

The pieces appeared to be falling into place for the 65-year-old as hours later Fabio Capello resigned as England coach and Redknapp was immediately made "The People's Choice" to succeed the Italian.

Tottenham were third in the Premier League and playing a thrilling brand of football as they stood 10 points clear of their faltering north London rivals Arsenal.

Redknapp is now out of work after a parting of the ways with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, as the complex and often uneasy relationship between the pair was fractured beyond repair.

Daniel Levy and Harry Redknapp

Happier times: Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy (right) and now former manager Harry Redknapp. Photo: Press Association

Since that day in February, Spurs suffered a decline that saw them finish fourth behind a recovering Arsenal and Redknapp see his dreams of managing England disappear when the Football Association decided Roy Hodgson was their preferred candidate.

And then, in an unlikely final twist, Spurs saw their place in Europe's elite stripped away as Chelsea pulled off a Champions League triumph against all odds by beating favourites Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final before overcoming Bayern Munich on penalties in their own Allianz Arena to lift the trophy.

Redknapp told BBC Sport only this week that he would have taken the England job had it been offered - now he has no job at all as the credits roll on his White Hart Lane career.

The writing has been on the wall for weeks as the whispers that Redknapp would not survive the summer grew to a scream. He said he wanted assurances about a new contract at Spurs as his current deal had only 12 months to go - and once they were not forthcoming in talks with Levy the game was up.

Spurs had played some of the most attractive football seen in the Premier League season after Redknapp assembled a team of pace and potency that at one stage threatened to finish even higher than the third place they held.

And yet that failure to reach the Champions League, the result of slipping below Arsenal to allow Chelsea that possibility to take their place, seems to have been the final shove that set the train of events in motion that led to Redknapp's departure.

Redknapp admitted he had an "odd couple" relationship with Levy. The perception was that the manager always wanted extra additions to his squad while the chairman has an enviable reputation as one of the toughest, shrewdest negotiators in the game.

The relationship between manager and Spurs fans also had its moments. It seemed to be based on grudging respect rather than outright affection.

In the defeat at QPR in April the travelling support made their displeasure with his approach known as they chanted "Gareth Bale - He Plays On The Left" then "Aaron Lennon - He Plays On The Right" after a tactical switch saw the pair swap sides.

The manager still has a right to feel harshly done by after bringing back some of the most exciting times in White Hart Lane's recent history. He has made his contempt for those who refer to him as a "wheeler dealer" publicly clear and he has every right to do so.

When Redknapp succeeded Juande Ramos in October 2008 Spurs were four points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League after taking only two points from eight matches. In May 2010 they were in the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Spurs provided some wonderful moments as they reached the last eight, beating Inter Milan and AC Milan on the way, before losing to Real Madrid. So there is irony that a failure to get back into that competition looks to have been the trigger for Redknapp leaving White Hart Lane.

Redknapp will feel entitled to point at his body of work and ask could anyone have done better. The demanding Levy obviously feels the answer to that is "yes" so the search will begin for his successor.

Everton manager David Moyes is the bookmakers' favourite and appears to possess all the credentials Levy would require.

In a decade at Everton Moyes has kept the Merseysiders punching above their weight without too much cash to spend, taking them into the Champions League qualifiers in 2005 and finishing above neighbours Liverpool in seventh place last season despite large-scale spending across Stanley Park.

Moyes is hugely respected among his peers and by players in the game. He is regarded as a modern coach as well as manager and is notoriously reluctant to spend money unless he feels he is receiving value for money - which will certainly appeal to Levy.

The only doubt surrounding Moyes' suitability for Spurs appears some rather ludicrous theory about whether he is "glamorous" enough and whether he plays football in their flowing tradition. If Levy is conducting a search for a time-served Premier League manager rather than a beauty contest, then Moyes would be his man.

Wigan Athletic's Roberto Martinez is another candidate having been courted and flown to Miami for talks with Liverpool's owners before they appointed Brendan Rodgers. Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas and the out-of-work Capello may also eye the job with some relish.

Whoever comes in may find a crowded "in tray" with speculation continuing over the long-term White Hart Lane futures of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.

The big story, however, focuses on Redknapp and what his next move will be. He hardly leaves Spurs with his reputation as a football manager tarnished - indeed there was still widespread bemusement in many quarters that Spurs think they can do better.

Dubai-based club Al Ahli have been linked with an approach for Redknapp in a lucrative two-year deal but he may wish to bide his time before making that commitment.

For all the trauma and disappointment he will feel at his parting with Spurs, it is highly unlikely football has seen or heard the last of Harry Redknapp.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    I'm surprised he has left.

    Moyes is an excellent manager who I think would do well at Spurs.

  • Comment number 2.

    No doubt he wants a quieter life and has taken Spurs as far as he possibly can. Fair play to him really.

  • Comment number 3.

    1. Where is Redknapp going to go next? No club in England of any decent stature is looking for a coach right now.

    2. Can Spurs hope to hold onto VDV, Modric and Bale now? Quite possibly not...

    Doesn't seem to be a decision that works well for either party.

  • Comment number 4.

    Peple out there who feel Redknapp has been hard done by should ask the average Spurs fan their opinion. I will tell you the majority arfe glad to see the back of him. He is a self promoter who only takes the credit for the good things he has done and blames everyone else for his failings, he is the darling of the media not his former employers.

  • Comment number 5.

    Brave move from Levy, hope it's borne of the right motivations rather than just ego. As for Harry, he did a decent enough job but is not irreplaceable. He's a great self-publicist whose opinions sometime betray the fact that he didn't win anything in his time at WHL. He alienated as many players as he developed and our "big" players were constantly being linked with moves elsewhere during his tenure, so he can't have been that influential. Ultimately, his failure to come to the table for talks a few months back has probably caught up with him. He wasn't holding the cards anymore and clearly wasn't sufficiently committed to the club to accept the terms that were made available to him. Moyes strikes me as a more straightforward character with much to admire. He doesn't have a glamourous profile, but then I'm not convinced that matters and he may prove a more than capable replacement

  • Comment number 6.

    Could go either way...

    in comes Guardiola and signs Iniesta or in comes Moyes and signs Phil Neville?

  • Comment number 7.

    Anyone saying Harry Redknapp wasn't good enough for Spurs or that Spurs should be happy to see the back of him should have their head examined. Look both at how poor the Spurs team of 2008 performed and at how well they've done in the past four years - are you honestly saying that Redknapp was not responsible for them getting the Champions League in 2010? Tottenham are a club of underachievement, and the second they get close to any sort of accomplishment they throw it away. Any manager coming in now will struggle, both to keep hold of the stars and to keep up with the Premier League big boys, and I fear Spurs will fall the way of Liverpool and Aston Villa. Dreadful show.

  • Comment number 8.

    To be honest I’m completely in favour of Levy getting rid of him. He was a tactical clown, you can argue all you want about his achievements, but deep down every Spurs fan knew he just wasn’t up to it in terms of taking us to the next level, I never at any stage felt comfortable or confident with him as manager.

    No top manager lets his team get thumped 5-1 in an FA Cup Semi, lose 5-2 after being 2-0 up against your biggest rivals, and go on a run of 1 win in 11 games during the business end of the season. The only reason he did moderately well was because had a great squad of players to choose from, and even then he still underachieved.

    Take Mourinho for example, can anyone genuinely tell me he wouldn’t have at least competed for the Premier League with the exact squad as his disposal? Course he would have, people seem to forget that Martin Jol got us fifth place for two consecutive seasons, has Redknapp really taken us any further since then? We had a bit of a fun ride in the CL, but the moment we came up against a bit of quality, we got thumped 5-0 on aggregate to Real Madrid.

    These aren’t signs of a top manager, he doesn’t even work on set pieces during training, just stands there talking to his management team, hell after the court case he didn’t even bother turning up and opted to go to Dubai instead. All managers use training as the ultimate preparation, Redknapp seemed to think all he had to do was turn up, pick the best 11 on paper and tell them to go express themselves. Well a wake-up call mate, it doesn’t work.

    I mean who else would go on TV a day after their chairman’s mum passed away, pleading for a new contract? Absolutely shocking behaviour, he did the same after the FA overlooked him for the England job, in his back seat with his windows rolled up referring to all his media chums by their first names. The way this guy conducted himself, from day one is nothing short of a disgrace, and even if we do come midtable next season, not having to listen to him on a regular basis, blaming everyone but himself after a defeat will do me just fine. I feel like I’ve finally got my club back, and it feels just great.

    Cheerio, good riddance.

  • Comment number 9.

    If you ask me, Harry knows he's about to lose a few of his top players and as usual he's jumped while the goings good. Modric looks almost certain to go and the lack of Champions League football makes it harder to hold on to the likes of Bale and Van der Vaart for two reasons, one being the player might want to leave and two the financial implications of not getting into the Champions League.
    I've said it all along that Spurs were just another Leeds and Newcastle in the sense that their days at the top were numbered. This isn't a dig at Spurs or any of these clubs. Its simply the way things are. Staying at the top requires insane revenue streams and without things like Champions League football, a sugar daddy like Man City or a fan base like Man Utd its simply not possible to maintain so the money that was spent getting there has to be recouped somehow and player sales will be the way to go. At the end of the day Spurs have to balance the books like any normal club.
    Harry seen this coming, he's been here before and knows exactly when to jump ship. I pity whoever gets the job after him as they will have to maintain around the same league position but with a likely less talented squad.

  • Comment number 10.

    Levy has just set the club back at least 5 yrs! Bale, Modric, Van der vart even Deffo will look at moving now. I believe that Levy enjoyed the Press preoccupation with Spurs as much as Harry did and the England job as it kept the club in the spot light too. When it all started to fall down it was more to with the players and there nerves at being potential champions more than anything else. I hope that Levy will have a bloomion good replacement in mind for 'Arry' as its going to need a big personality to keep all the best players at the club. I hope that it could be another spursman in the role maybe Klinsman.

  • Comment number 11.

    What a year Redknapp has had. To be fair he looked exhausted in the last three months of the season and it showed in some of the teams performances. Yes Spurs were unlucky not to make the Champs League but they also threw away a 13 point lead over Arsenal and that's unforgivable. Spurs must have had some contingency planning if he had been offered the England job so I expect a fast appointment. come back Glenn Hoddle, all is forgiven!

  • Comment number 12.

    After failing to secure a CL spot, it was not very smart of Harry to admit that he would have taken the England job. But then Harry has never been known for his high intellect. Now the football is such big business intelligence really matters and the trend is away from good old boy former players to students of the game. I can't see either Martinez (who seems to be the media's fav for every available position just like Harry was for the England job) or Moyes being offered the chance at WHL. Neither would probably take it if they were. It is also unlikely that either of these two would prevent an exodus of stars. (LM is probably already gone). My money would be on Capello but I am not a Spurs fan (Arsenal all my life) so I am not much bothered. But I genuinely feel sorry for all the Spurs fans who seem to have been let-down by all of the clubs management, including Harry this season.

  • Comment number 13.

    Daniel Levy should be the one out the door!
    Spurs were going down before Redknapp arrived and are now competing at a level that has been beyond them since the 70's. Levy has always been a joke and now he's proven it!
    Spurs fans: say goodbye to European Football and say hello to the relegation battle!
    As an added extra: as a Liverpool fan I'll gladly swap you for Brendan Rogers! Give me Redknapp any day!!

  • Comment number 14.

    I've never really rated Rednap as a truly great manager. He's a diamond geezer and there's no mistake, but as a manager he's not a patch on Sir Alec Fergesson or Arsene Wengur or even David Moise who seems likely to be next for the job.

  • Comment number 15.

    mega frustration last season,

    "win at villa the day after arsenal blew it at home to norwich
    and you WILL finish third if you beat fulham in your last game"... couldn't manage it, ugh !

    WEMBLEY PAIN - league cup final defeat to manU...
    plus facup semi defeats to pompey and chelsea...

    - combined to destroy fans spirit and confidence ...

  • Comment number 16.

    Brutal for Redknapp that this happened after the Liverpool managerial position was already sorted, as one imagines he'd have been a shoo-in there for a project relatively similar to what he did at Spurs. It's tough to imagine many clubs he'd be a sensible fit for at this point - none of the clubs chasing Champions League spots have vacancies, and he's probably too good a manager for "we'd like to finish happily midtable" clubs.

  • Comment number 17.

    No. 8 is funny. The double was over 50 years ago. Spurs, Levy and some of the fans have to wake up to who they are and what is success. They have a team with players who rightly aspire to move to a bigger club. I am particularly thinking of Modric and Bale. That is what they'll do.

    Moyes would be a great choice but remember in all these delusions, Everton are a greater club than Spurs. They just aren't in London.

  • Comment number 18.

    This news on Wednesday is hardly a surprise, after all the whispering over recent weeks. Arry did a good job at Spurs when he arrived and found them at the bottom, and turned that season around, well done that lad. Then Arry did a good job getting Spurs into the Champions League for the first time in his second season, and they did quite well in the Champs Lg in his third season.

    But Arry is a nomad by nature (just check his history and relatively minor success with several clubs), and is a shameless self-promoter as a man-manager (everything good is what we deserve, and everything bad is just bad luck not my fault). Then this last year he just wore out his welcome at WHL; first with his tax problem, then with the "Arry for England" diversion which was bound to distract everyone, and finally asking for a new 3 year deal when he still had a year to go on his contract.

    After his tax case, he appeared to have 2 choices; stay at Spurs (on more money) for a couple of years and retire at the top, take on England job to try to go for glory, and retire as another national team failure. In reality he chose a path which gave him neither, and now he must face an uncertain retirement at 65.

  • Comment number 19.

    I'd be very surprised to see Harry in another coaching position now. I think he will probably retire.

    The chances of him moving to Dubai are very slim considering he wouldn't even move to London from Bournemouth!

    What now for Tottenham? Well, is there a manager available to pick up where Harry left off? I think perhaps Capello might be the man but would his hard line management style be a bit strong for certain players?

    Harry seems very much the laughy-jokey type manager who gets on with his players and the players seem to relish that so Capello might be a bit strict for their liking.

    I think Spurs will be losing Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart and a few other players this summer....

  • Comment number 20.

    harry took spurs as far as he could, and in my opinion that was not very far,with the squad he had, he jad to be finishing in the top 4 atleast, sorry harry, not good enough my on china, im a newcastle fan ,

  • Comment number 21.

    It is a shame..... After the final quarter of the season 'slump' the speculation surrounding Redknapp's future seemed like an almost ludicrous attempt to undermine a manager who has achieved the seemingly impossible in a short space of time.
    With all the expectations placed upon 'teams' in the Premiership, and this almost incessant 'we have to be in the Champions League' mentality, it has to be understood that only the top 3 teams will gain automatic places, with the 4th going into the qualifiers..... And, as Chelsea have proved, that's not necessarily the case if a team wins the Champions League and gains an automatic place as defending champions....
    With an unwritten rule that Man Utd will always be in the top 3... And now Man City have the team and virtually limitless resources to mount a long lasting and credible challenge for the League title too... That leaves 1 automatic place, and 1 for the qualifiers.... So, who will it be..... ?
    To sack a manager over 'outside' influences affecting results, when they have proven they CAN do the business for a team, when they are on top form..... It shows how short-sighted the chairman is. So the season ended badly? Will a new manager change that? Perhaps.... But probably not... (See: Chelsea, and the four managers they've been through since Mourinho in less than 5 years)..
    I just fear that Harry has reached the peak of his managerial career, and it's perhaps back to his 'wheeler dealer' attitude, working with a nominal budget with a mid-table team....
    A(nother) very sad day for the Game.....

  • Comment number 22.

    A very very over rated manager - - compare the Spurs team to the Man U team - then see how good a manager he is....

    Maybe he will get the Cardiff job after Malky Macky if he is lucky

  • Comment number 23.

    This has been bubbling on for weeks. Apparently he was offered a new contract in feb but was waiting on eng job. As a spurs fan there is no question he is overrated. Jol got us 5th twice with not as good a squad. Harry signed only players over 30 on high wages that barely play. He didn't use the squad at all, kept promising the likes of Kranjcar & Pienaar games until they got so annoyed they left. Then when our first 11 got tired and form dropped he had no-one to come in and his famous man-management skills were nowhere to be seen, leading to 1 win in 11 and getting thumped in the FA cup semi final.
    In terms of keeping players it won't make a difference. Modric is certain to go regardless. In fact last season Redknapp didn't fight to keep Modric he would've sold, it was Levy who put his foot down. We won't keep hold of players realistically until we get the stadium and therefore be able to lift/break the current wage cap of 70/80k. Why would Modric, Bale stay when they could get 150k elsewhere? It's money that counts not Redknapp.
    When the form went he started to panick and started moving Bale all over the pitch and changing the shape.
    In my opinion he should've achieved more with a team of Modric, Bale, VDV, Adebayor, Parker, Lennon, Defoe, Walker & co.
    Redknapp and Levy never really got on, they are cut from completely different cloths. Redknapp didn't want to know when he thought the FA would come calling, when they didn't he demanded more than a rolling 12 month contract.

  • Comment number 24.

    Massively overated wheeler dealer manager who couldn't achieve as much as he spent money. Got southampton relegated and plunged Pompey into financial oblivion with his reckless spending. Spurs achievements were not comensurate with over £120m Harry spent and at 65 with only 1 FA cup medal, he's massively underachieved. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Spurs should bring in a well decorated club coach like Capello

  • Comment number 25.

    Harry exit epitomises how things can change so quickly in football. Just a few months ago Spurs were favourites to finish third in the premier league and playing fantastic football. Harry had just been cleared off the tax evasion case in court and was bookies' favourite to be the next England manager. Who would've thought of this day!

  • Comment number 26.

    And he didn't play Bale unlil the evidence for him was too strong to resist....he has no idea about youth...

  • Comment number 27.

    the whole tax thing didnt help harrys case i feel, theres no doubt he can manage a big club, but winning trophies isnt his forte,spurs failure to qualify 4 the champions league will end with the departure of 3 or 4 top players,hands off pardew,hes staying at the toon,

  • Comment number 28.

    GoodBye top 4 GoodBye Tottenham im unsure weather is good hes good at getting players to play for him but tatics wise he worse than torres but tactican wise :D (Im a chelsea fan btw) HAHAHAHA SPUDS

  • Comment number 29.

    Levy is a fool with money. Redknapp got us to forth and fifth spot and built a team. Any new manager is going to take two years to build their team and we'll loose Bale and Modric. It will cost a lot more to loose Harry than extend his contract. hx

  • Comment number 30.

    Bale and Modric were gone anyway..

  • Comment number 31.

    Any manager that loses 5-1 to Man city, 5-1 to Man utd and 5-2 to Chelsea and 5-2 to Arsenal in the same season must be a very terrible manager. Look at the Arsenal team of the last 2 years finishing above Tottenham and you realise how truely terrible Harry Redknapp is. He's always been a massively overated media driven manager.

  • Comment number 32.

    Harry seems to be an almost manager rather than a good manager, Although he does seem to have good communication skills with his players. He has limited vision and seems to massively overspend wherever he goes. Funnily enough I think he would make a good manager of a club where money was no object and there is only one other club in London with that sort of budget and they won the champions league. He seems to also baulk under pressure as was shown this season when they went on a run of one win in fifteen games and a number of bad results around the end of the season (or at least the part of the season that matters). But I think what everyone will remember him for more than anything is the tax evasion court battle in which he won but played the idiot card. I don't know about anyone else but if i was a chairman last thing I would want on my books is a self proclaimed idiot......

  • Comment number 33.

    People seem to have this delusion that Redknapp plucked Spurs out of complete obscurity and single handedly made us into Champions League challengers, conveniently forgetting that it was Martin Jol that started our resurgence with two 5th placed finishes. He did this with a markedly weaker squad than Redknapp has had at his disposal. I for one am eternally grateful for the service Redknapp has done us and he will always be welcome back at White Hart Lane but his consistent mouthing off to the press and complete inability to use a very gifted squad to its full potential has been the final straw for me.

  • Comment number 34.

    @ 33

    I think what people forget is that Tottenham were bottom when he took over and within 2 years he had them in the Champions League. The squad he inherited had massive potential but were massively underperforming. He was the one that managed to turn that squad around.

    Yes he has spent money and yes he is a bit tactically naive at times, but I really don't think anyone can deny the fact that he dragged a team from bottom of the league to 4th place in just a matter of months!

    Of course he didn't do this singlehandedly but it was his ability to get the players playing for him that made the difference.

  • Comment number 35.

    Well, good news I suppose for those hoping to end above Spurs next season. He certainly doesn't leave "tarnished", and the choice for Levy is rather limited going forward. Pep..?

    Moyes? Why not? May as well. Hasn't been tested at any other club. Could be another Allardyce-at-Newcastle-type experiment though.

  • Comment number 36.

    my m8 wstldonrob, is a celtic fan, not a chelsea fan

  • Comment number 37.

    Harry Redknapp is the last of his kind. Things have changed. Just take a look around at all of the young, smart, well educated students of football that are assuming managerial positions throughout Europe in all of the best clubs. It is not the realm of former star players or east-end wheeler dealers anymore. There is so much more required of the modern manager. Dalglish was the second last of his kind and now that manager type is for-ever extinct.

  • Comment number 38.

    All you spurs fans happy he's gone lets see during the season :P

  • Comment number 39.

    Ps btw i dont know who cumbrian camper is LOOOL :D

  • Comment number 40.

    totally agree wasatchpete, thank god for pardew,

  • Comment number 41.

    I think it is disgraceful the way he has been treated at spurs, Harry has made them into one of the best teams in england and despite that has never got the backing from the fans. For some reason spurs fans seem to have this deluded view that they are a bigger team than they are, sure they have a great history a very big fanbase and are a very wealthy club, but where it matters they havent done much over the past 2 decades before harry, prior to his arrival there best premiership finish was 2 5th place finishes, in his 3 FULL seasons at spurs thats harrys worst finish, and its not like he got them there by spending hundreds of millions, he has got there with a midfield 5 that are the premier leagues best and had combined transfer fees of less than 40 million (I know bale, modric, and lennon werent his signings but he has undoubtely turned them into the players they are now). And i know they will come back and criticise him for saying he wanted the england job, but to manage your country has to be one of the top honours in the game and you would be a liar to say it is not what you want. The long and short of it is spurs fans need to pull there heads out of there backsides and realise they would probably not be challenging for champios league football so consistantly without him, and i cant see the next manager being able to keep this midfield together, say good bye to modric, probably van der vaart too and that could just be the start of it.

  • Comment number 42.

    rob, the celtic fan, may live in london, but thats his only connection with chelsea

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  • Comment number 44.

    All very harsh . ...
    Would Moyes even go to spurs after the way Arry has been treated???
    You reap what you so Daniel Levy .....
    Not to worry Man City are champs and are looking to strengthen.... spurs in transition again lessens the threat even further ...

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  • Comment number 46.

    Spurs fans should look forward and not back. As cumbriancamper points out look what Pardew has done at Newcastle while turning a profit. The money really matters these days and the style of play is in transition. Get a manager who can ensure you play as a team have a little luck and build for the future while you are at it. Not Harry's strong points.

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  • Comment number 48.

    Harry is the biggest loser, 1st out of England job, now out of work completely. hahaha.

    He said the FA didn't contact him about the England job, I think he' and the FA are just lying. Come on, have some common sense. The people and the media were crying out for him to be the next England manager, the FA must have talked to him about the vancacy.

    I think he is just stupid to wait until the end of the season to decide whether to take the job or not. i understand his intention completely. He wanted to help Spurs secue champions league football for next season, then became the England manager. He wanted to go out on a high. I am sure everyone wants this scenario, but in reality, it's not that simple. The FA couldn't wait that long. He chose club football ahead of international football.

    I don't think he will manage another English team again, I would say he will go to the Middle East (Quata or Sadi) to get a one last big pay before he retires.

  • Comment number 49.

    Redknapp's departure has been coming for a while. Most Spurs fans have seen this coming. Look no further than the January transfers this season. Saha and Nelsen were brought in as cheap replacements to get us through to the end of the season and seemingly assured Champions League qualification due to the cushion we had. Initially the expectation was Harry to go to England after the Euro's but Fabio's exit hastened this thinking. Clearly the delay in the Vertonghen transfer suggests that it has been rumbling on behind the scenes for a while now.

    Redknapp clearly has done a good job at Spurs with the rise from the much quoted '2 points from 8 games' to Champions League but I think the feeling is clear from many Spurs fans that his reign was ending. He was billed coming in as a top man-manager but over the years Spurs fans have started to question this idea. The famous 'My wife would have scored that' quote to Bent a regular scorer of 20 odd goals a season is classic. Can also point to the misuse of the likes of Krancjar and Pavlyuchenko as key aspects of this. Both players with clear talent on their day that Redknapp seemingly wouldn't allow a look in. Although often described as lazy, shouldn't he have been able to get the best out of them?

    Additionally, he clearly has his flaws with rotation and tactical decision making. The first half of this season was fantastic but it was the same eleven every week and by January some players looked dead on their feet. Yet he persisted with the same players, for example Parker's form dipped in the latter part of the season yet Sandro (Brazil captain the other day) was only picked as a 'first choice' when Parker eventually got injured. Tactical decisions like going two up front at Arsenal were suicidal despite going two goals up as frankly we were being totally outplayed and were lucky to be up and it was no surprise how they cut through us. The Van Der Vaart for Parker substitution needing a win at Aston Villa remains one of the most baffling substitutions I have ever seen. We have conceded 5 goals to Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City this season and frankly not being in the Champions League after Arsenal had a terrible start and Chelsea having their troubles with AVB is poor. Top teams and top managers should not be letting 13 point gaps slip with the likes of Modric, Bale and Van der Vaart in the squad. I think I am correct in saying that we picked up 5 points in 9 games between the 5-2 against Arsenal and the 1-0 against QPR. If a Chelsea or Liverpool had such a run at the start of a season, the manager would almost certainly have been sacked. It was an embarrassing collapse. Whether this was because of the England fiasco or otherwise, it has been the second season in a row where we have collapsed in the second half of the season and cost us Champions League. It displays that lessons had not been learnt.

    Finally one of the most annoying features of Redknapp is his ability to talk utter nonsense at times to the media. Firstly he said during our slump during the England speculation that the players 'don't care whether I'm the manager next year, they wouldn't lose any sleep over that or whoever comes' and suddenly this week he was saying how uncertainty over his position might make players leave. In addition he was quoted a few weeks before the Champions League final as saying he wanted Chelsea to win, despite the fact it could and did end our hopes of Champions League. His relationship with Levy may have been fractious but his relationship with the fans hasn't been great either. Whether it be calling our fans 'idiots' or saying 'this is as good as it gets for Spurs'. Some of the things he has said about the club can be seen as disrespectful. And anyone who says that he was not affected by the England situation is wrong. You only had to watch our games over the speculation period to see that, as a normally touchline manager just sat on the dugout despite poor results. After Roy's appointment he was back on the sidelines in full voice again.

    As much as I have seemingly had a rant about him, Redknapp has done a very good job and most fans will remain grateful for it. The run into the Champions League from relegation places was fantastic and we have played great football in the time. However, if as being widely reported he asked for a big pay rise from Levy then common sense has prevailed and Redknapp has gone. Although it may seem like a shock to most fans he only has himself to blame. However, most Spurs fans are very grateful for what he did with the club.

    With regards to a new appointment it could well be Moyes or Martinez. Moyes is clearly a good manager and can work on a budget. Although it does seem baffling to why Everton start seasons badly every year and will he play the expansive attacking football? Not essential but would be appreciated. Martinez, led Wigan to a excellent end of the season but as people rather cruelly point out with him (referencing the 9-1 game) that you can't judge a manager on a upturn in form and can argue why Wigan weren't doing as well before hand. Yet we can also point to their low budget and to coin a Redknapp phrase say 'it's as good as it gets for them' avoiding relegation, plus additionally we could argue his tactical switch to 3 at the back kept them up. He clearly has something about him and may be worth a gamble.

  • Comment number 50.

    It is clear to me that there are bigger things going on in this pre season.
    Chairmen and owners are ushering in a new generation of managers, the tide is turning.
    It started with ludicrous rumblings about Wenger last season, when despite losing almost all of his first choice midfielders, a poor start to the season set the ball rolling. Wenger proved his quality as a boss with a storming run to finish third once he'd got some sort of stability in his midfield. The doubters were proved wrong.
    Then we saw the Chelsea affair with AVB, questions were asked about his management, despite him attempting a style of play with an established group of players who were not used to the new set up, Chelsea bottled it, fired AVB and installed Roberto, to resort back to the former style of play.
    As we now know, this worked like a charm for results.
    Even in winning the Champions league, there were still doubts about offering the young manager a contract.

    Back in March reports were flying around that Spurs were showing an interest in Brendan Rodgers, despite talks being planned for Redknapp at Spurs to extend his contract.
    With Wigan's now customary late season revival, Martinez's worth again increased.
    Again, another young manager being touted over long established names for top club jobs.
    QPR installed Mark hughes, again a young manager, before the season ended.

    Liverpool jumped ship right at the end of the season. Dalglish had still 2 years to go, won one of only three possible domestic trophies available in our league and got to the final of a second, the dye was cast already.
    After talks with martinez, Brendan Rodgers was given the job.
    Villa also parted company with Alex McLeish (approaching his mid 50s), bringing in Paul Lambert from Norwich, again a young upcoming manager.
    Chris Hughton steps in at Norwich, again a younger boss with good coaching background.

    Now we have Harry Redknapp moving on, the bookies favourite to replace him is David Moyes, who at 49, with a ten year top flight record of management behind him, looks on paper to be a sound choice. If results go well, then he could be at WHL for a decade if not longer.

    Club owners/chairmen have seen the likes of Porto, Barcelona winning things with young managers and premiership clubs are clearing the decks for a similar thing.
    Have to say, looking at the merry go round, it appears to me Liverpool's decision to jump ship and change their boss early doors looks to be a wise one.

    The premier league has lost a whole host of elder statesmen managers, Redknapp, Dalglish, McLeish, Warnock, etc.
    With so many clubs taking the plunge on young managers, the new kids on the block are up against each other rather than the established managers, so the risk is lower (that's the theory anyway) and I'd expect more to come before we kick off next season.

  • Comment number 51.

    Did Harry fall out with Spurs or just the Chairman? HR is solely responsible for Spurs recent meteoric rise and I suspect they will slip back into mid-table obscurity now he has gone unless they can find a fantastic replacement. I reckon they can forget Moyes as he's waiting to take over at Old Trafford so good luck Spurs fans, you'll need it!

  • Comment number 52.

    I've read some of the comments from supposed Spurs fans and I canot beleive what I am reading. These "Fans" need to take a good look at what has been acheived since Harry arrived, not just in terms of league position but in the standard of the football they have been watching and the quality of the players that Harry brought in; many of these players will move on now. OK, he is a darling of the media, but when did that hurt Spurs? I caution Spurs fans to be careful what you wish for. You have seen a Swiss guy arrive on the tube, a French guy come and go so fast we cannot remember his name and a Spanish guy who achieved Zero and would have got you relegated. Oh yes; and a Dutch guy who did a great job and was fired for only making 5th place in the league. You have just lost the best manager you have had since Burtenshaw or Bill Nicholson. Disaster is just around the corner.

  • Comment number 53.

    Many people who have been made redundant will recognise Mr Levy. 'Arry is shrewd about football, but possibly naïve about company politics. Mr Levy is clearly politically savvy, but does not seem to truly understand the company's core business (which is FOOTBALL, not financial wheeling and dealing). From the position where 'Arry started, a few seasons back, how can finishing fourth, in the most competitive league in the world, be considered a failure?

  • Comment number 54.

    Strange to read that people blame Harry for the situation at Portsmouth.

    Surely the manager doesn't actually have control of the finances?! Would there not be accountants and directors and chairmen to deal with such issues?

    It is not down to the manager to determine the amount spent on players. That is down to the hierachy of the club.

    It is not Harry's fault that Portsmouth are where they are. The buck stops with Mandaric!

  • Comment number 55.

    Like most Tottenham fans I am relieved at this news. Thanks Harry for the good times and good luck in the future. We have to trust Mr Levy now to take us forward.

  • Comment number 56.

    All you bleating Spurs fans happy with getting rid of Harry redknapp. You misguided fools! Saying Harry had nothing to do with the successes and everything to do with the failures and that he was a self promoter - seems like Spurs fans are the opposite.

    Your best season is still only as good as Arsenals worst in 15 years!

    Say goodbye to most of your better players, and I guarantee you, they'll be no champions league football at white hart lane for many seasons to come...it's been fun having you as rivals for a couple of years - now back in your box xx

  • Comment number 57.

    Wenger may like the job ?

  • Comment number 58.

    ...after the press campaigned shamelessly to get Arsene fired during the season, its their favourites in Liverpool and Spurs that get the sack, wow!

    Now you are campaigning for the Everton boss to get the Spurs job, my advice to him is stay put in your comfy job, being the press favourite is a poisoned chalice.

  • Comment number 59.

    The expressions of regret for the departure of Harry Redknapp from Spurs by the media display a simply breathtaking hypocrisy. When Capello walked out on England, most of the Media talked up Harry for the vacancy on an almost daily basis. To listen to them, Redknapp was a shoe-in for the job. I counselled HR against what I considered to be career suicide, warning that he could quickly turn from Hero to Zero if he left Spurs. I waited for Harry to end all speculation by announcing that he'd asked NOT to be considered for the England job. I waited. And waited. Now, I've admired Harry since his earliest days with Spurs but, when we finished the season in a disappointing 4th place, I told all my work colleagues 2 things. First, sell everything you have and put it on Chelsea to win the CL. Second, Harry will pay the price for not declaring his loyalty to Spurs when he had the chance.

  • Comment number 60.

    Levy is a mercenary without a doubt. Great managers win trophies, dare I say bringing in DM of Everton would set Spurs back by 5 years, what has the guy achieved in 10 years at Everton 1 FA cup final which they lost. King Kenny brought a trophy and a place in next seasons Europa league to Liverpool in the 16 months he was there !! Great managers win Trophies !!!!

  • Comment number 61.

    Modric - GONE. Bale - GONE. V.D.Vart GONE. Hope to all that is good, thats not gona happen...but a nervous Spurs fan here. Relying on David Bentley is not ideal

  • Comment number 62.

    As a Spurs fan, I'm generally disappointed. I think consistency is a key factor to building success. It's no coincidence that Spurs in the past two decades have had a reputation for being inconsistent. No manager has lasted more than 4 seasons since when?

    Still, saying that, I'm quite excited at the idea of Capello for some reason. I think that his appointment would suit both parties.

  • Comment number 63.

    I think it's the beginning of a liverpool-like slump for spurs. Key players will leave (though not necessarily related to Redknapp leaving, rather, more due to spurs not being in CL). And if they bring in a average sort of a manager like Moyes or Martinez, then they are doomed for certain.

  • Comment number 64.

    ...and the irony of Cappello filling in Harry's shoes would be fun.

  • Comment number 65.

    Redknapp leaving or not won't affect Spurs' big players wanting to leave. Modric is a global superstar now attracting interest from footballing giants and I doubt he would stay at Tottenham for another season without Champions League football.

    Spurs have been decent overall under Redknapp and they played some great football last season but at the end of the day they have no silverware to speak for it, the closest being the League Cup final appearance in 2009. Their league positions have been respectable but getting 4th in the league in 2009-10 was not even as impressive as Everton's heroic campaign in 2004-05. Spurs were very much in the ascendency overall prior to Redknapp's arrival, despite their disastrous start to the season. They were definitely considered a part of that club which established itself just outside the big four along with Everton and Villa for a few seasons. If you look at Spurs' squad and their financial situation it's not that big of a stretch for them to have finished 4th this season. Even Newcastle finished 5th. Redknapp wasn't a disaster like Dalglish was at Anfield or McLeish at Villa but he was no miracle worker as he was sometimes portrayed.

    Moyes and Martinez are truly class managers with a great record of over-achievement but I can't see either of them taking the job, especially with the speculation popping up every now and then of Moyes succeeding Ferguson at Old Trafford one day and Martinez reaffirming his commitment to Wigan over Liverpool. Moyes especially is a living legend at Goodison Park and I find it hard to believe that he'd see a move to Tottenham as anything but a sideways move, especially with the high-profile players they look inevitable to lose. Some people say that the main goal in football management is trying not to get fired, why would Moyes put himself in that position when he is probably one of the three managers in the Premier League who is in the promised land of having no risk of getting the sack?

  • Comment number 66.

    Thanks Harry, Spurs have played some of the best football in a generation at WHL. Sorry to see him go, but probably time to get a younger manager who can build a team for the future. In recent times we just seemed to get all the old pros who couldn't get into other top 10 teams. I just hope Levy releases some meaningful transfer funds for the new manager to strengthen the squad.

  • Comment number 67.

    Crazy decision by Spurs Arry still has at least a few more good years in him.

  • Comment number 68.

    spurs are mad, please harry give huw jenkins a call now, become a living god in south wales and show levy up for the joker he is. crazy decision with no logic, best football and man manager in the british game. i thought england were stupid to overlook him, levy must be having a mid career crisis!

  • Comment number 69.

    It's inevitable that Bale, Modric and Van Der Vaart will want to leave this Summer. I think Tottenham should sell all three - 35 million for Bale, 30 million for Modric and 10 million for VdV. That's 75 million to give the new manager to strengthen the squad.

    A couple of strikers and a couple of midfielders. Sell three and buy four. With the right manager and some shrewd signings Tottenham can challenge again next season.

  • Comment number 70.

    Great move by Spurs, getting rid of the man who took them from 4 points clear at the bottom of of the Premiership to the Champions League in less than two years, playing thrilling football along the way, and turned Gareth Bale from a player who once played a record 24 Premier League games without finishing on the winning side into one of the finest footballers on the planet. Spurs fans deserve better.

  • Comment number 71.

    strange decision... unless there's news to come out. Hope for Everton they do not lose Moyles. I can see a drop in Spurs fortunes soon though, either way - they got to feel deflated by the decision

  • Comment number 72.

    Give Chris Houghton the job Spurs man through and through,proved he can operate at the top never heard a bad word about him from players,press Start a long term management plan at Spurs now lets get the Houghton bandwagon rolling all Spurs fans...look to the future

  • Comment number 73.

    David Moyes belongs to Everton ... Why would he want to leave his family for a club with a boardroom that don't care about their managers (much like Chelsea)? Perhaps many could learn from Evertons loyalty to Moyes and reap the benefits of a longer term relationship where they have time to build a team and give it some foundation.
    Harrys an excellent manager period. He has one of the best track records of any manager and the rare ingredient - character. He was the right choice for England and the FA chose who????
    England need an inspirational manager and one that promotes attacking football and passion. Did we see that in the really exciting France game !!!!!! and is that the face of English football to come? ... I really hope not.
    Its the FA being afraid of outspoken managers, just as they were when Brian Clough was the obvious choice in the 80's and 90's. I didn't think the selectors would screw up again and they did. England will always be mediocre unless the FA get some balls and I dont mean the footy sort!

  • Comment number 74.

    Moyes to Tottenham? The biggest joke since "Arry for England"!
    Won't happen!
    Why would he when, in a year or two, he'll be offered the job at a big club, i.e. ManU?
    Spurs a bigger club than Everton?
    Only in the minds of the London-centric, tabloid football reporters who installed Arry as the "people's choice" without asking the people when even Spurs fans (see other comments) had little faith in him.

  • Comment number 75.

    Fair enough....IF......and only IF....Spurs has a significantly better option. If Spus now proceed to putz around with a bunch of second-rate candidates just good enough to bring us in at 5th place "on the cheap", I'll not be a happy man.

  • Comment number 76.

    I never understood the cries of Harry for England.
    He has the second best squad in England and has underacheieved. With arguably the best 2 players in the EPL in Modric and Bale Spurs finished a poor 4th. Spurs willdo better next year.

  • Comment number 77.

    I think getting rid of Harry is a big mistake,Levy wants to win the Prem spending nothing,Spurs have had a problem with the defence all season and needed at least two players ,the only contribution by Harry to this is his love of centre half King who should never have played in the Prem with his knees it cost about 6 points but everybody can have a blind spot and Harry has produced a great team for Spurs it's a sad time,the only new manager Spurs need is Martinez he is great Liverpool were off there heads not getting him,with Martinez Spurs will win the Prem.

  • Comment number 78.

    Redknapp can't take Spurs any further - they need a real quality manager to start winning silverware. With the money and players he has had, you can argue that Redknapp has under achieved.

  • Comment number 79.

    Spurs are a bit of a basket case of a club for any manager. The chairman is too impatient and too hands on. Redknapp has done well for the club and should have been given another couple of years. Yes, Spurs went through a poor spell of games but under normal circumstances would still have made the Champions League. They never did have a team to win the Premier League, but I thought they were getting close. Oh, well, ancient history now.

    I don't know whether Moyes is really a viable candidate or not. I don't know why the media think he would be interested or why Spurs would be. That said, Redknapp's Spurs might have had a poor run of games this February/March, but Moyes' Everton are perennially slow out of the gate. It usually takes Everton a good 10 games at the beginning of each season before they start playing decent football. Is that what Spurs want?

  • Comment number 80.

    I don't know what I'm more shocked at; that Spurs have let him go or that the majority of Spurs fans wanted him out.

    He has an excellent record and turned Spurs into a great team to watch. He has taken them to Europe every season and missed out on CL only by Chelsea's unbelievable good luck.

    All the fans who think Spurs should be achieving more, may come in for a terrible shock next season.

    I'm staggered that 4th in the Premier League is not enough.

  • Comment number 81.

    I don't think this is any sort of snap decision, Levy has obviously been looking for a while, assuming that Harry might/would replace Capello this summer and I am confident that the replacement will be an improvement. From what I read about Harry's salary demands to extend his contract it is not surprising that they have parted ways, Harry dug his own grave and buried himself.
    Personally I would like to see Slaven Bilić take over, not only has he proved himself on the international stage with attractive football but his presence may be enough to persuade Modric to stay. Although a foreigner, his English (and numerous other languages) is excellent so no communication problems (a la Ramos), he knows the English game and what is expected, and he is young and would be capable of taking Spurs to that next level for many years to come. Shame he has signed to go take over FC Lokomotiv Moscow next season, but money talks, and if anyone can negotiate a deal then Levy is that man.
    But whoever takes over, the current squad must make Spurs an attractive opportunity for almost any manager in the world so I don't think there will be a lack of quality managers wanting the role.
    To all the people that say Harry took useless players and turned them into world beater, those are the same young players that had finished 5th the two previous seasons under Jol. Harry didn't inherit a bad team, just one that Ramos had left mentally defeated. I think all spurs fans would give Harry the credit for turning things around during that first season, with his arm round the shoulder approach, but these were already good players who were so close to having made it before (remember lasagne-gate). Missing out on the final day of the season again makes me think that we haven't really moved forward although the team has obviously matured and improved.

  • Comment number 82.

    @8.At 01:33 14th Jun 2012, Huddlerock wrote:
    To be honest I’m completely in favour of Levy getting rid of him. He was a tactical clown, you can argue all you want about his achievements, but deep down every Spurs fan knew he just wasn’t up to it in terms of taking us to the next level, I never at any stage felt comfortable or confident with him as manager.

    No top manager lets his team get thumped 5-1 in an FA Cup Semi, lose 5-2 after being 2-0 up against your biggest rivals, and go on a run of 1 win in 11 games during the business end of the season. The only reason he did moderately well was because had a great squad of players to choose from, and even then he still underachieved.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Oh how Spurs fans deserve what they get! 'He just wasn't up to it in terms of taking us to the next level'.............Are you kidding me? Redknapp has taken Spurs to a level they never even dreamed of a few seasons ago. He brought in and developed key players and you might just see how important he was to those players staying now that he is gone.

    The lack of appreciation is typical of Spurs fans. You'll be back in 6th-8th place in no time and Spurs fans deserve no better.

    Clueless.

  • Comment number 83.

    Am i the only Spurs fan gutted here? Unless Moyes comes in, im well unhappy!!! Levy, you better have a plan, plus a transfer kitty!!!

  • Comment number 84.

    Consistency! How long have the Fergie and Wenger been in place? the others have drifted in and around the top 4, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs, Man Citeh, but consistency and a uniting long term vision, plus a bit of brains, is what keeps you at the top. As a gooner, I was always worried about Spurs under Harry, especially this season, and I really thought they had us beat and embarrassed. But no, too many distractions. Inconsistency off the pitch breeds just that on the pitch. I think (hope!) they'll appoint someone exotic sounding to reach the 'next level' he'll arse it up and confuse everyone involved... and they'll be back in 6th or so quick as you like. Looking forward to St Totteringham's day already chaps.

    - and I knowwwwwwwwwwww we haven't won squat in 7 years. we all know.

  • Comment number 85.

    I think this will be bad news for TH. for all his faults Rednapp achieved a huge amount in a short space of time. The real villains here are Levy and the "main owner" Lewis. TH is just a small part of the parent company ENIC that Lewis and Levy own/front. They remind me of the way Hick and the Glaziers operate and I am surprised that the fans are not calling for their heads. There has been serious lack of investment in the club for years and without that TH will never match the Manchester teams.

    Rednapp was the 7th manager under Levy since he took over from Alan Sugar in 2001. Seven managers in a little over 10 years not quite RA stuff but not far off it either. Even if the club attract a high profile manager which I doubt, I am even less convinced the money will be available to push the club further than Rednapp did. If The club had won the Olympic stadium bid and achieved CL football next season I suspect Levy and Lewis would have been looking to sell to cash in on the huge profits that they would have made that have not being going back into the club. I suggest Spurs fans should look beyond Rednapp to Levy and Lewis if you need the answer to why the club is not going anywhere. Doesn't matter who you replace Rednapp with with Levy and Lewis there nothing will change.

  • Comment number 86.

    Some people point at his record and ask why,I point at his squad and ask why not.

  • Comment number 87.

    Could Redknapp not sell Modric to ManUtd before he left?!

  • Comment number 88.

    People also complained when Mark Hughes was sacked after doing so well at Man city, but we know how much better they have done since then, same with Ranieri who took Chelsea to Champs league semis and Epl 2nd place, we know what happened afterwards, Hughton at Newcastle too.

  • Comment number 89.

    Good luck Harry you did a good job
    You won nothing but Spurs made Europe many times, beat the majority of the big sides during your reign, especially winning at the Emirates and in the Champions League.
    But the Chairman and Club backed you before,during and after the Court Case and you courted another job in public.
    But I enjoyed Spurs style during your reign. Good job and good luck for the future

  • Comment number 90.

    Harry was a good manager for Spurs but a poor manager for his former clubs i.e. Portsmouth and Southampton, having led them to relegation then jumping ship, this makes him an average manager overall.

    Anyway, the way things are shaping up next season seems will be pretty tough and unpredictable given top clubs will be having new managers Brandon at Liverpool, RDM at Chelsea with Hazard, ? at Spurs, Arsenal with Podolski and probably Giroud, Man City- who are yet to buy anyone and might struggle with their current squad-, Man United with Kagawa, Powell, Modric?? and Lewandowski?? it will be a REALLY TOUGH battle for the top 4 spots and premiership overall.

    Bring on next season fast

  • Comment number 91.

    Woke up to this news, stunned! Moyes is the name on everyone's list, but I doubt he will move. He still lives in Preston so why would he want to uproot his family down to London. Why would anyone swap Lancashire for The Smoke?? Surely quality of life comes into this.

  • Comment number 92.

    @88.At 06:53 14th Jun 2012, Collynzo3 wrote:
    People also complained when Mark Hughes was sacked after doing so well at Man city, but we know how much better they have done since then, same with Ranieri who took Chelsea to Champs league semis and Epl 2nd place, we know what happened afterwards
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Just trying to follow your logic there buddy. Are you saying that an oil billionaire is about to take over Spurs and buy the PL? If you can't analyse the reasons for the improvements after Hughes and Ranieri left then you are in trouble.

    It's called MONEY!!!!! And lots of it...............

  • Comment number 93.

    Good Riddance to Harry and his dog. I bet Saints and Pompey fans are just loving all this.

  • Comment number 94.

    83# Matthew, no, there are other gutted Spurs fans. Mainly those of us with long enough memories to recall that before Harry was appointed we had to bear the brunt of jokes such as this:

    Whats the difference between Spurs and a triangle? A triangle has 3 points.

    2 4th places and a 5th in 3 full seasons is not something we should be dismissing lightly.

  • Comment number 95.

    90.
    At 06:56 14th Jun 2012, Samuel wrote:


    Harry was a good manager for Spurs but a poor manager for his former clubs i.e. Portsmouth and Southampton, having led them to relegation then jumping ship, this makes him an average manager overall.

    __________________________________

    Portsmouth were relegated after Harry left and they still had a pretty solid side when he moved to Tottenham, and Southampton were already a sinking ship in the PL when he joined them. This is not even bringing up the point that Portsmouth spend the next year or so cycling through invisible owners that promised money and didnt even produce themselves....

  • Comment number 96.

    8. At 01:33 14th Jun 2012, Huddlerock wrote:
    To be honest I’m completely in favour of Levy getting rid of him. He was a tactical clown, you can argue all you want about his achievements, but deep down every Spurs fan knew he just wasn’t up to it in terms of taking us to the next level, I never at any stage felt comfortable or confident with him as manager.

    No top manager lets his team get thumped 5-1 in an FA Cup Semi, lose 5-2 after being 2-0 up against your biggest rivals.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________
    Oh come on! What's a manager supposed to do, put on some boots and start playing himself?

  • Comment number 97.

    I think this is even worse than some of the comments above are making out.

    Now Redknapp is gone, I don't see Adebayor coming back, nor do I see Kyle Walker staying either.

    A Sad day for THFC. After losing Bale, Modric, VDV, Walker, Adebayor (at least), I don't see Tottenham any where close to the champions league places for a long time to come.

  • Comment number 98.

    As good as the achievements that have been made, i really don't understand why Arry did not use players of the caliber of Kranjcar,Corluka,Pavlyunchenko, Sandro etc.
    Even VDV to some extent.

    I guess that is why they are in this position and not finish at number 3.


    First of all i don't understand why VDV chose Spurs ahead of MU. I am no MU fan by the way.

    So all the big clubs can now pounce on the good players at spurs like, LM,VDV, Bale, Sandro, Corluka, Kranjcar, Defoe, Adebayor etc.

    GOODBYE TO ARRY. . . . . . . . . . . .

  • Comment number 99.

    I agree with 8, Huddlerock 100% . HR single handedly destroyed Portsmouth, with the money he spent @ Spurs he way under achieved and has never really won anything. He rated himself as a clown/celebrity........I think Spurs will go on from strength to strenght

  • Comment number 100.

    If I was Harry I would enjoy along and happy retirement from management.

    There would be no shortage of offers for media work, for someone with his wit, insight and love of the game - although it might be at his sons expense !

    Don't forget that he had a recent heart scare and there come a time when he should remember that there are more important things in his life, and I doubt if he is short of a Bob or two !!

 

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