So, Harry Redknapp was denied a contract extension and has been “let go” by Tottenham. “Harry leaves Tottenham” would have been a headline a few months ago, assuming he was taking the England job, but now the ex Spurs boss finds himself without a job and this could be the start of a massive collapse for Tottenham.
Before Redknapp arrived, Tottenham were an average middle of the road team always in the shadow of Arsenal. Harry managed to turn the club around, sign some great players and get them playing some good football along the way. For a long time this season they looked as if they would mount a serious title challenge, players sung praise for their manager and things were looking good. The transition period from no-hopers to contenders, via the Champions League was not something many people saw coming. Now, with no Redknapp in charge – who will take on the responsibility? They are some pretty big shoes to fill and I cannot see the likes of Adebayor, VdV, Bale or Modric staying at the club without Harry’s influence, they will be targets in the transfer window and whoever comes in to take the hot seat could find themselves without the best players to work with.
3 and a half years of progression down the pan, just like that.
So who are the contenders who can replicate and improve on Harry’s work at Spurs? Moyes, Martinez, AvB, Capello, and Benitez are all in the in “Managers who are out of work or did a good job so lets jump on the bandwagon” category. Looking across the names in that list I would have to say the answer to that would be “none of them” – Harry achieved something remarkable for Spurs.
(Well, AvB could do a job for the simple reason he likes to rebuild a team, and he might have to if all the best players get snapped up from Spurs now!)
Jurgen Klinsmann’s name will of course be branded about because of his ties to the club, but will Spurs really go down the Liverpool route and get a club legend in? He could do a job I’m sure, but would he want to leave his post with the USA national team where he is currently transforming them into a real force? I know I wouldn’t want to. Who in their right mind would want to take this job and know they will be judged within minutes as being “not as good as Harry”.