There can be little doubt that Harry Redknapp was one of the best managers in Tottenham’s recent history. He led the Club out of the relegation danger when he took over, and achieved two top-four finishes in the Premier League. Alongside that he led Tottenham to the Champions League Quarter Final, where we went out to Real Madrid. No Tottenham fan will forget that great campaign when we thrashed Inter Milan at White Hart Lane and when we beat AC Milan at the San Siro. These were memorable nights that us fans can only long for now. Redknapp was the man to thank for our success. He got the best out of players like Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, he added superbly to our squad with the additions of players such as Brad Friedel, Sandro and of course, Rafael Van der Vaart. However, most crucially he played a stunning brand of expansive football that won the Club plaudits across the country. Since his departure, we have longed for Redknapp’s style of football to be played again.
His departure was untimely and unexpected. After the FA had appointed Roy Hodgson as manager of the England national team, it seemed definite that Redknapp would stay and continue his fine work at White Hart Lane. However, Daniel Levy had different ideas. In the end Redknapp was sacked, and Levy must regret his decision ever since. Since his departure Tottenham have finished fifth twice, sixth once, but have in reality been miles off the top-four in the last two seasons.
Since his departure, Redknapp has become more prevalent in the media. We all know he has always loved to be on the media’s good side and be in the media spotlight, after all transfer deadline day is proof of that. However, whilst becoming more established in the media, Redknapp has taken several swipes at Tottenham. The latest came in his recent blog for Kicca, where he stated that “Tottenham have been a major disappointment since he had left.” He went on to argue that “all that £120m or whatever they spent from (selling) Bale and Modric has been pretty much wasted.” There is truth to what Redknapp is saying, we have gone downhill since he left and money has been wasted in past transfer windows, however, he should not be saying it. He should show more class and not pile more pressure on the Club’s current manager, Mauricio Pochettino. Redknapp’s comments make Pochettino’s job harder and his life more difficult, at a time when he is trying to build a Tottenham squad that is capable of matching and surpassing the successes of Redknapp’s.
Redknapp did a terrific job for the Club, but the past is the past and he should refrain from making such critical comments about the Club and its playing staff. After all, it will only detract from the great work he did at the Club.
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