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Friday, 15 June 2012

Spurs: Redknapp, it was the right time . . . nearly


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We awoke yesterday to find that Spurs are now searching for a new leader. Someone who can take the club forward while maintaining our strong financial position. The reason for this is of course because Harry Redknapp has been relieved of his duties.

For me, Redknapp's position became untenable the day Roy Hodgson was announced as the new England manager. Redknapp had publicly courted the job for over a year, suggesting that he had bigger things on his mind than little ol' Tottenham Hotspur. Had he had three years left on his deal then I'm sure he would still be our manager until it expired but as we had a year of uncertainty last year and we could ill afford another with Redknapp's contract position.

When Redknapp came to Spurs, they were in a precarious position and Harry swept through the club like a breath of fresh air. He quickly identified that many of the players required an arm around them and reminding that they were in fact, very good footballers. He also recognised that there were several short fallings within the squad, principally the soft underbelly of the midfield and promptly brought Wilson Palacios in to strengthen things up.

Not only did Harry have a great start to life at Tottenham, he also went on to become the most successful manager at the club since Venables some 20 years earlier. He did a great job, but it probably wasn't on the field that cost him the confidence of the board and some fans. Many of us tired of hearing publicly that the chairman really needed to spend money in the coming window. I believe that things of that nature are to be discussed behind doors so that all can tow the same party line.

It also became tiresome hearing that Spurs were right up there and had a chance of winning the league only to be told a few months later after it all went wrong that anyone who is disappointed needs to have a good look at where Tottenham have come from in the last few years. At times it felt that he was treating some fans like children, a little more humility may have helped his cause at times.

The one that really did it for me though was during the time that everyone expected him to be crowned the new England boss and things weren't going well at the Lane, his answer to suggestions that the speculation was causing the slump, his response was something along the lines of "the players don't care who's in charge."

Fast forward a few months when he was trying to force Levy's arm into giving him a new contract he can be quoted as saying "What it's about is players knowing you've only got one year left on your contract and knowing that it doesn't work, basically." His continuous contradictions caused doubts among fans that he was trying to cover his tracks.

Once all of this is added to the fact that Redknapp is now 65 years old and was never going to be the long term answer that Levy craves. If Spurs are to push ahead with a £400m stadium he can't have a manager constantly telling the Press that the club needs to spend money. I just wish that this had been sorted as soon as the season finished rather than losing a month of the closed season for the new man to get to grips with his new job. All the work that has been done with prospective transfer targets may now be at risk unless Levy acts very quickly.

Despite the recent problems Redknapp has been a huge success at Spurs. He finally turned us into a side that are regularly seen as a top four club. Something that we continued to fall short on under his predecessors. He got us to play some truly inspiring football at times that made Tottenham the talk of the Champions League at one point. For all that he has done we thank him and wish him well.

Where we go from here is a difficult one. The two leading candidates at this stage are Martinez and Moyes. Martinez is a true gentleman of the game who gets a relatively weaker squad to play some good football and has stayed true to his beliefs in times of adversity, although I wonder whether, because of his inexperience, whether the fans would stick by him should he have a poor start.

Moyes, however, can sometimes be accused of being a dour Scotsman, but he is tactically aware and picks his times to attack and defend. He has also continued to help Everton to respectively high finishes despite a very tight budget. When he has had money to spend he seems to spend wisely, Felaini, Jelavic etc.

Mr Levy, it's over to you.

Do you agree with Gary. Was it the right time for a new start? Was Harry culpable for some of his statements to the Press? Who do Tottenham turn to for a new manager? Whatever your views, we would love to hear them.

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