Redknapp: I couldn’t work under previous Spurs transfer hierarchy

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Harry Redknapp has admitted that he refused to accept Tottenham’s previous way of recruiting players when he took charge of the club.

Under the previous regime former director of football Damien Comolli chose the players which the club would sign, Redknapp prefers to decide on his own transfer targets.

He said: “No disrespect to the previous manager but it must have been very difficult when you can’t talk to players. I’d find it hard if I went to Spain or Russia.

“It must be hard having someone else choosing your players. That was key. He had players given to him by someone else. I couldn’t work that way. If they are no good, what can you do?

“We all make mistakes but at least if a manager buys players and it doesn’t work out, then they are his mistakes. But when people bring in players you don’t know or want it makes the job harder. I couldn’t work like that.

“I made it clear to Daniel Levy. Alex Ferguson wouldn’t do that, Arsene Wenger wouldn’t do that, nor would too many others.

“I bought players who weren’t gambles – Crouch, Defoe, Keane. I knew what they could do. I had managed two of them and Palacios had played in the Premier League.”

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