Redknapp 'close' to Spurs exit ahead of showdown with Levy
Popular Spurs manager wants a contract extension, but chairman wants him out
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.