Redknapp 'close' to Spurs exit ahead of showdown with Levy

Jun 13, 2012

Popular Spurs manager wants a contract extension, but chairman wants him out

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TWO MONTHS ago Harry Redknapp was the England manager in waiting, but having been overlooked by the FA he could now end up getting the boot from Spurs as things go from bad to worse for 'Arry.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly unwilling to offer Redknapp a new long term contract, even though his current deal only has 12 months to run. The veteran boss had hoped for a four year extension so he could end his career with Spurs, after his disappointment over the England job.

Levy is also said to be unimpressed by Spurs' end-of-season form, which saw them blow a 10-point lead over Arsenal to finish fourth and miss out on Champions League football (but only because Chelsea won the competition). And the tense relationship between Redknapp and Levy has now reached "breaking point" according to the Daily Mail and rumours about the manager's future reached fever-pitch on Tuesday ahead of a showdown with Levy.

"Harry Redknapp has privately admitted that he could leave Tottenham Hotspur before the start of next season after intense speculation that he had resigned as manager last night," reported The Times.

Redknapp was forced to deny the rumours and told ESPN that talk of his resignation was an "outrage" and added: "[It's] an absolute liberty for people to be putting around this kind of rumour on the internet."

But The Guardian believes he may get pushed if he won't jump. "Redknapp has no intention of resigning but could be sacked by Levy, who is furious at the manner in which the club missed out on Champions League qualification," it reports.

"Levy suspected Redknapp's protracted link to the then vacant England manager's job led him to take his eye off the ball."

Amid the furore Redknapp has come to terms with the fact that he will not now end his career at Spurs, as he had hoped.

"Redknapp is understood to be open to the idea of going, if a compensation package can be agreed," says The Daily Telegraph. "And has been considering lucrative offers from clubs in the Middle East, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai."

The Guardian reports that if Redknapp does leave then Everton boss David Moyes would be favourite to succeed him.

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Only 4 EPL club managers (Harry inclusive) qualified their teams for the next Champions League. Who would have done it for them. Who will do it for them next season if Harry is sacked? May be they can get Guargiola?

Harry blew it last season, our form after the Arsenal game was appalling. I think he's taken us as far as he can and think Moyes would do an excellent job. Bye Bye Harry!

I reckon he will go but spurs should expect an easy ride in poaching Moyes from Everton Bill Kenwright is no mug and will drive a hard bargain, anyway I doubt if Moyes would want to work with Levy, who in my view has an attitude problem.

I think all the rumour of the England job distracted Harry and Spurs. He was muted as the total favourite by the England fans to get the England job but no moves were ever made by the F.A to get him. The F.A would never appoint a manager who wants to play football, that is why they went on the very cheap for Roy Hodgson. However, in part you have to blame the Spurs players who should have performed a lot better and very easily qualified for the Champions League. It will be difficult for Spurs to hold on to their top players now and the squad must be thinking where the future is as individual players and they have some really top players in the squad who will probably go. It`s a massive mistake by Levy to let Harry go. Moyes is earmarked to take over from Alex Ferguson in any case, Gus Poyet is too inexperienced, Martinez is an unknown quantity and an overseas manager is a big risk. Spurs have been down that road before. One thing is totally certain. Spurs will not qualify for Europe next season in any capacity. Talk about shooting yourself in both feet. Well done Daniel Levy. You`ve just taken Spurs back 3 years.

I agree. If Harry can`t work with Levy who can ? It`s not Harry`s fault. Harry started his footballing career as a boy with Spurs and loves the club all be it he was moved to West Ham and played for them throughout his career. The Spurs job was his dream move and Levy wouldn`t give him a 2 year contract extension. Go and get a new manager Daniel Levy and see where you finish next season without Harry. You`ve just made the worst mistake any chairman could make.

Alan. I bet Spurs don`t finish in the top seven next sesaon.

Spurs won`t qualify for Europe next season. The best players will go. Levy has just taken Spurs back 3 or 4 years. Who wants the job anyway. I couldn`t work with Levy and I doubt any top manager could except for a load of money. It`s just above mid table for Spurs next season. Problem with Levy is, he just doesn`t know anything about the reality of football on the pitch. I`m talking about 90 minutes of football. Watching players, thinking of how you improve the squad, thinking about  how you can improve the quality and desire within the squad to individually give them the confidence to take on the best in the Premiership and Europe. Oh dear Mr Levy, what have you done ?