Tottenham Hotspur manager denies players distracted by England talk
Harry Redknapp is the bookmaker’s favourite to land the England manager’s job, with the Tottenham manager installed at the head of the market straight after Fabio Capello’s resignation at the end of February.
March 23rd, 2012
Since that point, Tottenham have experienced their worst run of results all season, although perhaps that is testament to a tricky fixture list rather than the players being distracted by the possibility that Redknapp will soon be jumping ship.
Indeed, the 65-year-old reacted angrily when reporters suggested that there’s little coincidence between Capello standing down and Tottenham’s poor form, insisting that nothing could be further from the truth.
Redknapp responded: “That’s the biggest load of nonsense I’ve ever heard. The players don’t care whether I’m the manager next year, they won’t lose any sleep over that.
“Footballers come in and train and play the next game. If someone else comes in it’s the king is dead long live the king…that’s football.
“They don’t worry if Harry’s going to England or somewhere else. I don’t lose any sleep over it either, whether I’m here, somewhere else or nowhere.”
Redknapp also claims that the club’s poor record at Stamford Bridge won’t make much difference for Saturday’s game, insisting they will buckle down and crack on with the job in hand.
“The players don’t sit in there thinking we have to make the Champions League, they don’t think that way, they are not panicking, they just want to play well in every game,” he said.
“They’re not walking around down because we lost a couple of games. They will just get on with it.”