Harry Redknapp is very tactically aware, Joe Jordan has claimed in an interview to back the credentials of the former Spurs boss.
Redknapp was dismissed in June after Spurs missed out on Champions League football for the second season in a row when it all looked so positive in January.
I’m not going to question Harry’s man management skills, they have been there for all to see, but as for tactics. If we cast our minds back to the away defeat at Arsenal, the game against Norwich at the Lane and some of the choices at Villa away lead me to believe at the time that we needed a greater tactician.
In AVB we have a manager who prides himself on the tactical aspect of the game, hopefully we should reap the benefits of this if he can get us playing in the “Tottenham” way.
Jordan said in an interview with the Daily Mail: ‘Some of the things I’ve read since Harry left have made me chuckle,’ he said.
‘We were told he was not only being replaced by a younger man [Andre Villas-Boas], but a young man who was a tactician.
‘It suggests some people don’t rate Harry on tactics. That would be wrong.
‘They say his style is about motivation, but he’s far more than being purely a motivator.
‘No one who knows him or has worked with him would think that. Harry spends a lot of time on preparation.
‘He keeps the game simple and wants the players to enjoy what they’re doing. He lets them play and is confident in their ability.
‘They will have responsibilities, but he thinks long and hard about who he names, the teams he wants and the best way to take on the opposition.
You cannot possibly say he is anything other than very tactically aware.
‘He is a brave manager who’ll change things when needed. If it means changing, say, from three defenders he will make that decision.
‘He can blend players, form partnerships. He can mentally picture a Rafael van der Vaart working with a Peter Crouch and scoring goals from the start.
‘He has a great memory and will recall a player he saw only once 10 years earlier.’
He added: ‘There was a blip, there was the link with the England job, but none of it affected the team. We were still playing well but just not scoring goals.
‘The disappointment was missing out on the Champions League because of Chelsea’s success.
‘Harry’s legacy is a squad that can take the title back to Spurs.’
‘I’ll keep fit, I will watch matches, I’ll keep in touch with the game. I want to work and so, I think, does Harry.’
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