Tottenham and Harry Redknapp have parted company.
The club and Redknapp’s representatives agreed a compensation deal for the 65 year-old to leave his position as Spurs boss on Wednesday night.
The veteran boss was believed to be unhappy at the fact that the club was not prepared to offer him a new three-year contract.
There was speculation on social networking website Twitter earlier this week that Redknapp was set to quit his position. Redknapp came out in the press to angrily deny that he was leaving the club. Yet, he has now left his position as boss of Tottenham.
When England boss Fabio Capello quit in February Harry Redknapp was the favourite for the position. Tottenham were third in the Premier League at the time looking like comfortably claiming a spot in the Champions League.
A disastrous run of form meant that Spurs not only finished below bitter-rivals Arsenal but thanks to Chelsea’s Champions League victory missed out on a Champions League spot for next season. A fourth place finish was a major disappointment considering how long they had been in the top three.
Harry Redknapp did a fantastic job at Tottenham. When he arrived at White Hart Lane the team was bottom of the Premier League. Since then he has revived Spurs and turned the into a team capable of challenging the top teams.
The 65 year-old has also brought an attractive brand of football to Tottenham that had been missing under previous bosses. Tottenham fans love their flair players and attacking football and Redknapp gave them winning, attacking football.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has revealed the decision wasn’t taken lightly: He told Sky Sports: “ This is not a decision the board and I have taken lightly. Harry arrived at the club at a time when his experience and approach was exactly what was needed.
“This decision in no way detracts from the excellent work Harry has done during his time with the club and I should like to thank him for his achievements and contribution. Harry will always be welcome at the Lane.”
Redknapp revealed his pride about his time at Tottenham saying: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Spurs and am proud of my achievements. I have had a fantastic four years with the club, at times the football has been breath-taking.
“I am sad to be leaving but wish to thank the players, staff and fans for their terrific support during my time there.”
Redknapp has revealed that he has no intention of quitting the game just yet and is looking forward to future challenges in football. However, he is likely to take some time away from the game before deciding on his next move.
The current favourite to replace Redknapp at White Hart Lane is Everton boss David Moyes. The Scot has done a superb job on Merseyside, despite working under incredibly tight financial restrains. Moyes doesn’t seem like a very popular choice amongst the Spurs fans though.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is also believed to be in the running for the position, having already turned down a chance to manage Liverpool this summer. Other names such as Andre Villas-Boas and Rafa Benitez have also been thrown into the mix but Martinez and Moyes seem the most likely candidates at the moment.
Harry Redknapp leaving Tottenham could lead to a mass exodus of Spurs top players. The likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have already been linked with summer moves away from Tottenham. Redknapp leaving could be the factor that persuades them to leave the club.
Tottenham have been on the up in recent seasons under Harry Redknapp. The team holds big promise. However, unless they can persuade a top manager to come to the club then they are only likely to go backwards.
Spurs fans may argue that Tottenham had a terrible end to last season but Harry Redknapp leaving the club could be the worse thing that has happened to the club in a long time. I just hope for Spurs sake that his replacement can help the team progress.
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