Tottenham Hotspur may have only just sacked Mauricio Pochettino, but ex-manager Harry Redknapp implies they would have already been speaking to potential replacements before this.
The fact that Spurs have announced Jose Mourinho as the new manager just hours later tends to reinforce this idea.
Harry Redknapp knows all about being fired by Daniel Levy at Tottenham, and has given his unique insight into the club’s hiring process to Sky Sports.
Redknapp claims that Levy and co spoke to multiple other managers while he was still at the club, before they revealed that they were sacking him.
Harry says that Carlo Ancelotti and Brendan Rodgers both received contact from Spurs back when they sacked him, even adding that Spurs may have been interested in both men again this time around. He also rightly added Jose Mourinho’s name to his list of options to Levy.
Redknapp assured fans that the Spurs board are too clever to fire first and find a replacement later, insisting they will already have someone lined up. Looks like he was right…
Redknapp said (Sky Sports): “Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti? They tried to get Ancelotti when they sacked me. I knew they’d spoke to him while I was still at the club! So they’ll have spoken to somebody,” Redknapp said.
“They’ll probably like Brendan Rodgers but I don’t know if they’ll get him. They spoke to Brendan when they sacked me, as well! So that’s a possibility.
“It has come as a shock and I didn’t see it happening, but they’ve obviously pushed the panic button.
“I’ll be honest, it’s been relegation form over the last 24 or 25 games. Tottenham not making the Champions League this year would be a disaster in Levy’s eyes and Joe Lewis’ eyes, with the money they’ve spent on the stadium and the training ground.
“They’re not fools. They’re very clever men, and have probably looked at it and thought: ‘The way we’re going, we’re not going to make the top four.’
“They’ll have someone in mind, they’ll have spoken to somebody, I know how they work. They’ll have spoken to somebody, and have someone in line ready to come in. They’re not the type to say: ‘Oh, where do we go now, let’s have a look.’ All their work will have been done behind-the-scenes already.”
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