Manager Harry Redknapp sacked by Tottenham

 

 

By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 

 

 

Redknapp was the bookmakers favourite for the England manager's job after Capello resigned before Hodgson took over


 

Tottenham Hotspur have sacked manager Harry Redknapp after almost four years in charge.

65-year old boss Redknapp, who was heavily linked with the England managerial job before the Football Association opted for Roy Hodgson, had to deny speculation started in the media that he had resigned from the post on Tuesday. He had a year left on his contract however he and club chairman Daniel Levy have reportedly failed to agree an extension to his contract.

The former Portsmouth coach told the Spurs official club website: "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 people who own the club make their decisions. That is their right. I don't hold grudges. I don't worry what could have been. I have left behind fantastic players. It is tough because it is a team that could have gone on to win the Premier League. I just wish I had been part of that. It was nothing to do with contracts or me asking for anything. I had a year left and that was fine. The club decided to have a change. It is a decision the chairman decided to make."

Everton manager David Moyes has been installed as one of the early favourites, along with unemployed ex-Liverpool Rafael Benitez, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas and ex-Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann, who is currently the head coach of the United States of America national side.

Levy thanked Redknapp in a statement on the club's official website, which read: "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 White Hart Lane."

Redknapp left Portsmouth for Tottenham in 2008 replacing Juande Ramos with the North London club being four points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League, before climbing the table to finish eighth. He guided Spurs to a first-ever Champions League campaign in his first full season in 2010 where they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Real Madrid while they could only finish in fifth place in the league. After finishing fourth last season, Tottenham only missed out on a return to Europe's elite competition despite finishing fourth as Chelsea won the Champions League. He admitted last week that he would have left Tottenham if he had been offered the national job.

When Capello resigned as England boss in February, Tottenham were sitting third in the Premier League ten points clear of rivals Arsenal however the Gunners eventually overtook them ending the campaign a point ahead of them. Spurs were also beaten 5-1 in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea in April. Chairman Levy is understood to have been left disappointed by the club's slump in the final weeks while insisting that they will not rush to find a new manager with the club expressing a determination to conduct a "properly run process".

Meanwhile, Redknapp has stressed that he will be looking for another management role after previous stints with Portsmouth, Southampton, West Ham and Bournemouth while believeing that he would have been sacked by Tottenham even if they earned Champions League qualification. The former Hammers player Redknapp, who is currently working with the BBC as a pundit for their Euro 2012 coverage, was cleared of tax evasion charges earlier in the year along with Milan Mandaric relating to their time at Fratton Park.



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