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Tottenham sack Redknapp

2012-06-14 07:06

London - Harry Redknapp was sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday after nearly four years in charge of the Premier League club.

"This is not a decision the board and I have taken lightly," said Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy in a statement. "Harry arrived at the club at a time when his experience and approach was exactly what was needed.

"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."

Spurs were bottom of the Premier League table when Redknapp arrived at White Hart Lane from Portsmouth in 2008 and Levy added: "Harry will always be welcome at the Lane."

Redknapp, in a statement issued by Tottenham, said: "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."

The 65-year-old Englishman was known to be pushing Levy for an extension to his contract, which was due to expire at the end of next season, saying the uncertainty surrounding his position was destabilising the squad.

It has been claimed that Levy was only willing to offer Redknapp a rolling 12-month contract whereas Redknapp favoured a longer deal.

Redknapp, whose status as the media and fans' favourite to become the next manager of England was ignored by the Football Association (FA) when they chose Roy Hodgson instead, did achieve Levy's goal of a top four Premier League finish last season.

But while that would normally have been good enough for Champions League football next season it wasn't this time because London rivals Chelsea won this term's edition and thereby qualified as European champions.

Tottenham were third and 10 points clear of north London rivals Arsenal when Capello resigned in protest at the FA's decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy.

Has they stayed third, rather than been overtaken by Arsenal, Spurs would have qualified for the Champions League regardless of Chelsea's triumph.

Indeed, at the turn of the year, Spurs were being spoken of as potential title challengers.

But a run of one victory in nine matches -- a sequence understood to have caused Levy great concern -- contributed to them slipping to fourth.

Redknapp repeatedly denied the England speculation had had any effect on Tottenham's results.

Prior to the speculation surrounding the England job, Redknapp also had to deal with the stress of facing a tax trial relating to his time as Portsmouth manager. He was cleared by a jury of all charges.

Redknapp had become increasingly vocal in recent days in calling for a new Tottenham contract, saying without it Spurs risked losing star players such as Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.

"It's not a case of me looking for security," Redknapp told ESPN Soccernet.

"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.

"You don't let players run into the last year of their contract if you think they're any good, and you don't let managers run into the last year of their contract if you think they're any good.

"It's up to Tottenham. If they think I'm okay and I've done a decent job and deserve an extension, they'll give it to me.

"If Daniel doesn't think I'm worth it, that's up to him, that's up to the club. There's nothing I can do about it."

Redknapp joined Tottenham from Portsmouth, where he'd just won the FA Cup, in 2008 with Spurs, who had been managed previously by Juande Ramos, rock bottom of the Premier League.

But he subsequently led them to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and two top four finishes in the Premier League.

Everton manager David Moyes, linked with the Tottenham job when Redknapp was being touted for the England post, remains the bookmakers' favourite now there is a vacancy.

AFP

Comments
  • raymond.d.pickering - 2012-06-14 07:20

    Talk about a rough deal, this one is at the top of the "cookie" jar!

  • given.ledwaba.3 - 2012-06-14 07:26

    Rednapp is 1 of the best coaches, he deserves some credit. All the best to u old man

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-06-14 07:41

    It was expected....

  • rezo.mosepele - 2012-06-14 07:46

    The white heart lane team just took 5 steps foward(finishing fourth in EPL) and 10 backwards by sacking Harry. To add fuel to a burning fire I forsee I must exodus with theyr want-away stars(luka modric, bale n rafael V) set to leave the team

  • kenneth.endres2 - 2012-06-14 07:53

    The most stupid decision Spurs have made.Levy should be fired.Harry took them from a bunch of no performers to side that really played great football.I see Modric/Bale/Van der Vaart all leaving because of this decision.Acording to other news Spurs are hoping to lure Moyes fron Everton i dont think this is going to happen

  • Sagren - 2012-06-14 08:10

    stupid move dude....

  • Advocatus.Diabolis - 2012-06-14 08:14

    The world of Football doesnt make sense sometimes...HR is a great manager!!! Maybe the board of Spurs were tired of looking at him...lol!!!

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-06-14 08:18

    This is the dumbest decision a side could make! Redknapp is a great manager, one who should be left to build a squad and run it for years, similar to Ferguson and Wenger. Like rezo said, they have taken 5 steps forward and 10 steps backwards. The reasons don't even seem plausible. There must be something else going on behind the scenes. Time will tell!

  • ltjvrensburg - 2012-06-14 08:32

    BIG mistake by Tottenham and bad timing for England. Now one thing I can say to those at the FA, spyt kom te laat.

  • chris.whyman.54 - 2012-06-14 10:17

    Overrated glad he never got England job!

  • Cyrus - 2012-06-14 10:33

    Well there drops another english giant to become a mid tier team. First Liverpool now Tottenham. So EPL will now have a big4 like in the past (Arsenal, Utd, City and Chelsea) unless Newcastle can somehow force themselves into a top 5.

  • Cyrus - 2012-06-14 10:35

    If Roy doesnt take England out of the group stages then he could get sacked as well which means Harry could be once again in contention for the position.

  • Schofeild - 2012-06-14 11:08

    Well now I want to see what will happen to Modric... Redknapp promised to build spares around him.

  • nhlapop - 2012-06-20 08:40

    I wont be suprise to see Tottenham fighting for relagation next season.Redknapp did a good Job in White Hart Lane, He deserve better. Its a pity that England Foot Ball Association didnt consinder Him to be Manager for National Team. Wish Him all the best.

  • deshmook - 2012-06-24 11:11

    Bye Bye Harry....Good Manager but he should have won 2 League titles. It was a simple give-away.

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