With a place in the Champions League far from assured as the season draws to a close, should England reject ‘arry prepare for another blow to his career?
Harry Redknapp has admitted he could be axed at Spurs….is the sort of summation one could easily jump to if they were to believe the hyped up, inaccurate ramblings of the Mirror.
However for those of you interested in the facts, in other words what he actually said, then please read on.
Redknapp, snubbed for the most unforgiving post in world football in favour of Roy Hodgson earlier this week, said:
“I feel I’ve done a good job. If people don’t recognise what you have done or don’t feel that you have done that well I can’t say, ‘Look how good I’ve done, Chairman, here I am. It is up to him. It is up to the chairman, basically.”
Though Spurs have endured a difficult end to the season, they remain on course for a top four finish. However, having partaken in the title race for around a fortnight, fans are growing disgruntled at the manner in which their side’s form has curtailed. After Chelsea somehow reached the Champions League final, the north Londoners may now have to rely on Bayern Munich of all teams to rescue their season.
Having initially been lined up to replace Redknapp had he been given the England post, Brendan Rodger’s is still thought to remain in the thoughts of Daniel Levy and should command a move to a ‘bigger’ club at some point in the future. The Mirror also throws in Roberto Martinez’s name for good measure, for no particular reason other than intrigue.
Random speculation and conjecture aside, Redknapp has revealed that with only a year of his own contract left, he’s not yet been approached over a new deal:
Levy attempted, in vein, to tie Redknapp to a lucrative deal which would have seen the club receive an insane amount of compensation should the FA have come calling. However the former Pompey chief declined, evidently in an attempt to preserve his chances for the job. It didn’t work, and now Redknapp must deliver to stay in his chairman’s good books.
Harry, whose team were held by serial borers Aston Villa on Sunday, added:
“I have never pushed the chairman. He is not into doing contracts in the season really, with managers. He will do them with players. But I have not chased him. I have never gone after him and said, ‘Oh, what about my contract, Daniel?’ I don’t. I won’t chase after him. If he wants to talk to me about a new contract, great. If he doesn’t, he doesn’t.”
Though we’ve established quite conclusively that ‘arry is not quite the paranoid wreck the Mirror make him out to be, the question about his future will surely arise if Champions League football doesn’t return to the Lane next season. So, should Redknapp be fearing the axe if the Europa League comes calling?
At times his tactical awareness has been found wanting this season, none more so than when they’ve been chasing games and the right substitutions just haven’t been made. The move to position Gareth Bale more centrally also backfired spectacularly, as the Welshman really hasn’t shown his best form since. Other issues, such as the treatment of Jermaine Defoe, have dogged the manager over the past few weeks and perhaps there’s a growing feeling that exceptional man management can only get you so far.
Maybe the England speculation has tainted his relationship with his club and chairman permanently, maybe the former Hammers boss really has took the club as far as he can..
Don’t be silly. Harry’s done an absolutely incredible job with a far smaller budget than the likes of Chelsea, City and even Liverpool. He’s transformed Gareth Bale and Luka Modric into global stars, and established a fantastic relationship between the coaching and playing staff. Those of you with a memory longer than three months will acknowledge that without Harry, Spurs were heading for the Championship.
Their squad was over paid, over rated and severely unbalanced. Now, less than four years later it has all the makings of a great side and with a little investment (and a few less distractions) they really could achieve something huge next season.Without him they’ll be plenty of players considering their futures, including the £8 million (yes £8 million) pound Rafael Van Der Vaart.
If there are Spurs fans thinking beyond their well liked leader, and I don’t believe there are too many, then be careful what you wish for.
After all Wolves were all too happy to see the back of Mick McCarthy, and we all know what happened there.
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