Redknapp rumours settled

June 19, 2012 7:48 pm

Tottenham Hotspur have ended Harry Redknapp’s managerial spell at White Hart Lane, following his failure to secure a Champion’s League spot in this year’s Premier League.

Daniel Levy, Spurs Chairman, was understood to have been disappointed by the form of the squad towards the end of this season, which saw a run of only 1 win in 9 games.  At the same time, Redknapp was being heavily linked to replace Fabio Capello, who left the England Job vacant after quitting; this was believed to be one of the reasons behind his sacking, however Levy insists that it was a time for change:

“This is not a decision the board and I have taken lightly. Harry arrived at the club at a time when his experience and approach was exactly what was needed”

The chairman must now begin a search for a new manager to take the helm, by what it seems he will be looking for a manager that has greater cup-winning experience than 65-year-old Harry Redknapp, who has previously won: the Division Three League and Football League Cup with Bournemouth; the UEFA Intertoto Cup with West Ham; Division One and the FA Cup with Portsmouth and also winning the Manager of the Month award 7 times and Manager of the Year award in 2010.

Good luck looking for that manager, Daniel.

It is fair to say the Redknapp has led a good stint at Spurs, after taking over from Juande Ramos in 2008, he carried them from the bottom of the table to challenging for the Premier League title within a year.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Spurs and am proud of my achievements. I have had a fantastic four years with the club; at times the football has been breathtaking. I am sad to be leaving but wish to thank the players, staff and fans for their terrific support during my time there”

Starting from where Ramos left, it looked all doom and gloom – sitting 20th with 2 points in 8 games. However, within two weeks in charge, Tottenham were outside the relegation zone by taking 10 points from 4 games. That same season, Tottenham finished runners’ up in the League Cup, losing out to Chelsea. Yet, still finished in a commendable 8th place.

A season later, Redknapp made significant changes to the squad; he brought in Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar from former club Portsmouth and Sebastien Bassong from Newcastle, whereas seeing the back of England striker Darren Bent for £10million. This change in agenda proved worth it, leading Spurs to a 4th place finish – in the process netting Champion’s League Football, a first in the History of the Club. As a result Harry Redknapp was awarded manager of the year, only the 2nd person to do so in a season when the side did not win the league.

In the 2010/11 campaign, Tottenham contested boldly in the Champion’s league, reaching as far as the quarter final where they lost 5-0 on aggregate to a powerful Real Madrid side. Spurs ended this season in 5th place with 62 points, only securing Europa League qualification next season.

This season, Harry purchased 40-year-old Brad Friedel on a free transfer, Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City and Scott Parker for West ham on Transfer Deadline day.  Early on, Redknapp won the manager of the month award for September and November and led Tottenham to a 4th place finish. But, they were unable to progress into the Champion’s League because 5th place Chelsea won this years competition in Munich – therefore, they take Tottenham’s place in order to have a crack at defending their title.

Bit unfair to sack him then?

Sure it was. However, the fact is that Levy saw this as the opportunity to sack Harry.

“This decision in no way detracts from the excellent work Harry has done during his time with the Club and I should like to thank him for his achievements and contribution. Harry will always be welcome at the Lane.”

Redknapp insisted that he was not surprised at the decision, “I think the same outcome would have happened, the chairman would have gone down the same road,” nonetheless, he has stated that he is “not at the end of his career” which may suggest he is looking for another team to manage.

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