Jamie Redknapp gives insight into what Levy is really like to work for

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has shared his opinion on what was the prospect of Jose Mourinho taking over as manager.

Spurs announced yesterday that they had parted company with Mauricio Pochettino and his backroom staff after five seasons in charge.

Since then, they have also announced the fact that Mourinho has taken over as manager.

Redknapp admits that the decision took him by surprise but has also given an insight into life at the club under the stewardship of Daniel Levy.

The ex-midfielder claimed that Levy is not an easy man to work under and would have questioned the failure to have won any silverware under the Argentine.

Spurs last won a major competitive trophy a little over eleven years ago under Juande Ramos when they lifted the League Cup.

Redknapp claimed that Levy would have already spoken to a substantial amount of managers and will likely have a successor in place.

Mourinho has a track record of winning trophies wherever he has gone, however
Redknapp feels that the Portuguese has a history of spending money whilst Spurs have been relatively inactive in the last three transfer windows.

He told Sky Sports: “I was surprised. They’ve had an awful start to the season, and towards the back end of last season. Pochettino has to take responsibility, he’s the manager.

“I was at Tottenham for a number of years, and Daniel Levy is not an easy man to work for, whether you’re a player or a manager. That goes without saying, and Pochettino has probably done well to last five years. But Daniel Levy is probably thinking: ‘I’ve given this guy five years, and what have we won?’ The answer to that is nothing.

“There are other managers, you would think, in that period, who would have won trophies with that squad. They’ve got a team full of internationals, from top to bottom.“

When asked about the possibility of Mourinho taking up the job in North London, he added: “Daniel will have undoubtedly spoken to loads of managers, spoken to the players. When I was at Spurs he’d always converse with the players, asking them what they think, he’d always want to know what they’re thinking. There will be no doubt at all he’d have a manager in place. I’d be surprised if they don’t strike quickly.

“Jose would be the candidate that everyone would look at; he’s out of work right now, he’s a winner, his pedigree is as good as anyone’s in world football. Is he the right fit for Tottenham? It’s interesting, as Jose likes to spend money, and Daniel doesn’t, and Jose would want to get some really big names into the building.

“He likes experience, and isn’t really one for playing young players, but you can’t argue with what he’s done in the game, right now he would be the outstanding candidate. There aren’t many out-of-work managers who could live with his pedigree.”

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