Barely more than 24 hours after dismissing talk of him leaving the Lane, Harry Redknapp has been shown the door at Tottenham Hotspur.
June 14th, 2012
Redknapp’s four-year reign at White Hart Lane came to an abrupt end last night after he seemingly reached an impasse with Chairman Daniel Levy on a new contract. ‘Arry, who had a year left on his contract, had reportedly wanted a long-term deal that would have been his last job in football – something that Levy wasn’t willing to provide.
Rumblings of Harry’s departure grew this summer after Tottenham failed to qualify for the Champions League. Sympathisers will argue that their absence from next season’s competition is the fault of Chelsea, who won the competition to take their place. Critics will argue that is down to Tottenham throwing away a ten point lead over Arsenal to put themselves at risk in the first place. Whatever your view, this is still a move that comes as a bit of a surprise.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Spurs and am proud of my achievements,” Redknapp said on the Spurs website.
“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.”
Levy was similarly complimentary of his now ex-employee, adding: “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.
“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.”
The early favourites to replace Harry are Everton boss David Moyes, who really does need a new challenge after taking Everton as far as they can really go, and Wigan’s Roberto Martinez, who will henceforth be linked with any managerial vacancy until he leaves the DW.
However, further down the markets, Jurgen Klinsmann is causing some headaches for the bookies, with prices ranging from as little as 7/2 to as much as 14/1. The former Spurs favourite brings plenty of international experience, having managed Germany and the USA, as well as experience from a stint in charge of Bayern Munich.