Daniel Levy is being smart with Harry Redknapp’s contract at Tottenham

The Premier League Owl

The problem with having a manager who’s matey with the media, is that invariably he airs his dirty laundry in the press.

If one of his players had started bitching and moaning about his contract in public, Harry Redknapp wouldn’t be able to fine him quick enough.

Here’s Redknapp talking to Sky Sports earlier today:

“I don’t think things could have gone better since I’ve been here, we’ve finished fourth twice, fifth once, we’ve had a quarter-final of the Champions League. We’ve played fantastic football and I enjoy being at Tottenham.

It’s not a case of me looking for security. What it’s about is players knowing you’ve only got a year left on your contract. It doesn’t work.

You don’t let players get down to the final year if they’re any good and you don’t let managers get to their final year if they’re any good. If Daniel doesn’t think I’m worth it, that’s up to him.”

This has nothing to do with media, and Redknapp has no business discussing internal club matters so openly.

From Daniel Levy’s perspective, giving a new lengthy contract to a 65 year-old manager is not prudent – he would be binding his club into a relationship which isn’t as solid as Redknapp clearly believes it to be.

There has to be a point at which ‘Arry stops playing the ‘look how far we’ve come’ card, it doesn’t work anymore – the club is bigger than that. Yes, the list of achievements he mentions is accurate, but that doesn’t take into account what should have been achieved. Contextually, fourth placed finishes and Champions League Quarter-Finals are very impressive given where the club was when Redknapp took over, but he can’t be allowed to forever juxtapose himself with the mess left by Juande Ramos – it’s now an irrelevance, his performance as manager needs to reviewed in relation to the talent pool he has at his disposal and the realistic objectives he should be achieving with that talent.

Redknapp hasn’t yet shown himself to be capable of elevating the club to the top-tier of the league – which, given the presence of Bale, Modric et al, is exactly where they should be. If Sir Alex Ferguson or Roberto Mancini was in charge of that set of players, they would have finished second this season at the very least.

With that in mind, why should Daniel Levy throw more money and additional contract years at Redknapp – a Chairman’s job is to do what’s best for the future of the club, not reward people for their contribution to its past.

The issue over the lack of security derived from an expiring contract is understandable – and not ideal – but given Tottenham’s capitulation last year, it’s not unreasonable for Levy to want assurances over Redknapp’s ability to recognise the factors responsible for the slump and to solve them. That’s just prudent.

No problem with the Chairman’s stance on this one.

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31 Comments on "Daniel Levy is being smart with Harry Redknapp’s contract at Tottenham"

  1. HoxtonBoy | Jun 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm |

    Spurs fans are such deluded fantasists. Harry has got his feet on the ground – he knows that 4th was a good result and so it was. We only got that because Chelsea were having a blip with one of those young dynamic managers that everyone wants. Utd, City, Arsenal and Chelsea have more money than us so next season we will be 5th at best. And so it will be until we sell the club to some bloated plutocrat. That’s modern football.

  2. rob thfc | Jun 7, 2012 at 5:54 am |

    redknapp knew 3year contract pls the players look up to him and want him to stay and guys dont believe everything u read or hear from the press coys

  3. Huxmeister | Jun 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm |

    Great article. Summed it up perfectly.

    I too am bored of hearing we have had 2 x top four finishes, quarters in CL etc. So what? At the turn of this year, we were considered the most exciting team in the league and everyone feared us. We were in a postion discussing about the possibility of challenging for the title. We all know what happened, which isn’t good enough. As his employer, Levy needs to look at this as a major failure and manage him out the business like any other professional outfit would behave.

    What concerns me about Rednapp is that 4th is an achievement to him. If you are a premiership manager and your goals are not to win the title, then you don’t deserve to lead that team out each week. Tottenham have a history of winners and that is the mind set we need. Not “we’ll have had a fantastic season if we finish top 4.” Bollox, we need top 1.

    Get someone in who is young and smart, and tactically more astute than that donkey. This is our last chance to sign some world class players to add to those we already have. Momentum is with us. If we mess it up now, then kiss our chances goodbye for another 10 years.


  4. My thoughts exactly. I have been banging on to all Spurs fans that I know, if we had a top class manager managing our squad, we would have been a force to be reckoned with.
    Levy is doing the right thing, he needs to control Harry who is whoring himself to the media.
    Brilliant post, could not have worded it any better.
    In Levy we trust. COYS

  5. A question I hope someone will ans . who is telling Daniel Levy which players are needed at WHL.Should this not be the managers job. I dont see DL alowing a man with 1 year left on his contract to plan the long future of our playing staff or is there already somebody whispering in his ear, or is just making HR sweat.

  6. With Redknapp it’s all about him, never mind the club. He’s a self-publicist who is always on the look for his own financial wellfare first and foremost. His record with previous clubs has shown he’s always looked to jump ship when things have started to go wrong or there’s a better opening around. He made it clear that he wanted the England job by courting the media to act as his cheerleaders. No concerns then about player uncertainty then was there Harry?

  7. The American owners of Liverpool did not give Kenny Dalglish a second season and made a quick clean break of his contract. Harry has only talked the talk. Qatar interest, Chelsea interest in him, – what media rubbish. He believes he has done a brilliant job when Tottenham obtain 16 points from a possible 36 points from 12 games at the end on the season.. This form over a whole season would be equal to 50 points – below Fulham and Liverpool this season. Levy is either too loyal or misquided. If he uses David Pleat as an advisor then that would not help. Any replacement for me is a step forward, but AVB would top my list!.

  8. Bert Simpkins | Jun 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm |

    Taxi for Redknapp

  9. This is what gets me guys, his statement, i dont like 442, it doesnt suit our style, and then what does he do, plays 442, huh ?.
    And why cant he utilise a very good player in dos santos into the team, he just needs games, and confidence, but harry is giving him none.

  10. I agree its levys job to secure the long term future of the club, I would question if he’s actually doing that with this stance.

    If he doesn’t believe Arry is the man to take spurs forward then he should sack him and bring in a new man who he has faith in.

    All this cloak and dagger and not offering him a contract will only harm spurs in the long run.

  11. nobby nobbs | Jun 6, 2012 at 11:21 am |

    Its a case of get rid of him before he fucks us over. Great piece by the way.

  12. The smart play for Levy is to test ‘Arry’s ability to take us to the next level by seeing out his current contract. As good as he’s been for Spurs it may be time for a manager who doesn’t do his thinking aloud in the media. I’d like to see David Moyes; his teams are always defensively strong and well organized, I think he’d go well and be able to play a more expansive game with a bigger budget

  13. Milky Bar Yids | Jun 6, 2012 at 9:12 am |

    Harry would of left Spurs if the FA wanted him for the England job. Just seems to me he’s letting other chairmen know what a good job he’s done i.e. Abramovich at Chelsea. Harry has no loyalty to Spurs. And as such I think we should fuck him off now. Also get rid of his stupid tactical decisions. Let’s be brave and go for someone like Guus Hiddink, he’s got alot of experience and a name to attract players. I’m fed up with Harry’s bloody ego. And i’m also getting worried with the caliber of players we’re being linked with, West Ham players and West Brom. Give me a break.

    Sack him Daniel and let’s start afresh.

  14. Spot on, Harry Redschnapps is only as good as his last results and those were dramatic since January. His management was poor in any respect: squad rotation, transfer policy, media handling, tactics,… Any PL-manager would have finished 3th this season with the current squad 10 points ahead. I think Levy should contract a manager with a better pedigree than Redschnapps as soon as possible to calm things down. I would prefer Van Gaal who likes attractive football and still gets results. He likes to use young talent and is not afraid of his star players like Redschnapps. If the players still say they want to leave because Redschnapps is leaving when we sign a big shot manager, it means that they are afraid for their position or they just search an excuse to leave anyway.

  15. Sean Mac | Jun 6, 2012 at 7:33 am |

    I am not the biggest fan of Harry as I think he has without a doubt been up to some untowards stuff in football. Kevin Bond was caught so Harry didnt work with him for two years then slipped him back in at THFC quietly.

    Everyone goes on that he is a great manager and that he has turned THFC around. Can anyone please explain how he has managed to do this. Finished on the same points as Newcastle this season and they have spent £200 million less to build a team.

  16. Redknapp in!

    At the end of the day he doesn’t take shit! Why not say whats on your mind? Communication is key right. I agree with everything he says. If he doesnt feel he can get his point across directly, why not communicate it to the masses. He has a brilliant football mind and all the players speak so highly of him. Some tactics need tweaking, though who is going to be equal to more equipt to take this on. Modric needs to pull his head in and score more going forward and our defence needs a major overhall. Bale has to try and stop being wonder kid and stick to the left. Do what he does best, take players on, cross from the left, score from the left! 2 players dont make a team.. I dont care who manages them.. Ridiculous post!

  17. billyboycoys | Jun 6, 2012 at 7:16 am |

    nice to see you on the hook twitchy.now the boot is on the other foot.levy ‘s got you just where he wants you.hope he brings in a football adviser to be between you & d levy ,that will force your hand.get the sack or be forced out.no compensation,just your p 45.GREAT.GO YOU B–TARD GO

  18. So the moaners and whingers get there way and we shoot ourselves in the foot once again. It seems that every time we get close to winning the league, which we will within the next 3 years, that there are a certain faction of so called supporters that put the doom and gloom syndrom in. Apart from buying trophies such as Chekski and Citeh have we are doing things the right way within out budget, Good on you Danial. Patients is what is required now, forget about the press speculation, Danial and Harry have everything in hand so sit back, ignore the rumours and lets get in to the top 2 next season and get behind the Club rather than against them COYS, Jon the Tottenham Trust

  19. Arry always always said it would be difficult to turn down the England job if offered – so there’s your clue and stopped reading when you said Mancini would have had us finishing 2nd.

  20. SG Spurs | Jun 6, 2012 at 3:26 am |

    AVB would be great. Remember why he was thrown out of Chelski. The players refused to play for him. What he did at Porto, to me, is an achievement, and hopefully can happen at the Lane. Give him a year to mould the team to his vision, and we’ll be smashing great. Why give a 3 yr contract to Redknapp? Build a legacy with a young coach like SAF and Moyes. Give them the stability of security and move on from there. Apart from AVB, I can’t think of any creditable young managers around.

  21. Dun forget he didnt sign the 2 best players we have. Bale and Modric were both signed by Jol.

    VDV was signed on tsf deadline after it was offered around. He didnt quite pursue VDV.

    Well he had some good signings but these players like Parker, Saha or Pienaar didnt light the fire at Spurs.

  22. dont b fools give harry extended contract he wants he has done great 4us and will continue i hope, i say this is the fa and englands fault as there brought out that he was the favourite for the job and players and alot of english supporters was backing him, of course alot of english managers would want to take england into worldcup, he actualy said about doing both but got told he cant

  23. Nicholson 61 | Jun 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm |

    Could’nt agree more! Payback time Harry. Get us CL football next year
    and we,ll think about a contract extension then!!

  24. “Question remains.. who can we get that’s any better?”

    Unai Emery, Joachim Low…

  25. Next bus to Woolwich! | Jun 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm |

    How can you say Martinez would not be any good for Spurs?? He keeps Wigan up every season and with what,nothing!! This guy is a gem,he has his teams play football the right way,he is twenty times more articulate than Redknapp and certainly won’t keep shooting himself in the foot with the media like Redschnapps does.Get Martinez in quick,this guy is a diamond.

  26. Not sure,where I stand,inregards to Harry.Whie he seems to have done a really decent job,for us over the past couple of seasons.One still gets the impression,that especially during the england saga,he was hedging his bets,and not really fully committed to Tottenham,now his England dream has vanished,he is using comments,laced with inuendo and even slightly backmail hints,Which does not really endear him,to those of us,who are neutral in our thoughts.So one can understand Mr.Levy being hesitant,in his decisions,inregards to Harry.Who appears more dodgy the more he comes out with some verbal rubbish.

  27. I think one major thing Harry is forgetting is this; When the England job was still available regardless of what he would like us to think, he wanted to be offered it so instead of doing what would of been best for Tottenham ie come out and knock the rumours on the head by saying “I’m at a fantastic club, i couldn’t ask for a better job” he kept himself in the frame by keeping everyone in limbo with his comments, when Spurs had their dramatic decline with result, when asked if the England talk had distracted the players he came out with the gem “The players don’t care whether i’m manager or not, they’re professional footballers” Now the reality of noot getting offered the England job has hit home the man is bitter and the tables have turned and he is now quoting completely differently ie “It is not a case of me looking for security. What it is about is players knowing you have only got year left on your contract and knowing that it doesn’t work, basically. I think it’s a situation of, ‘well, he might not be here next year” which blantantly shows that Harry does himself believe that uncertaintly with the managers position DOES have an effect on the players and their performances, thanks for clearing up what all Spurs fans knew already, you chucking your name in the ring and not doing the decent thing for your current employers cost us a place in the Champions league and a 3rd place finsh.

  28. Colin Mann | Jun 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm |

    Excellent post.
    Levy supported Redknapp through his Tax evasion trial. Harry had the perfect opportunity to show his appreciation by stating his commitment to the mighty THFC when the England post became vacant, but he decided to hedge his bets. Now he wants a big deal. You are goods Harry, but not as good as you think. Bring in David Moyes, I think he has higher standards than H and will be superb with money to spend. Let ‘s not worry about the players affection for Harry – a few quid will sort that out.

  29. Typical dodgy Harry

    Wants a nice big contract from spurs now that England don’t want him

  30. Question remains.. who can we get that’s any better?
    AVB… errr no
    Martinez…. hmmm no
    Benitez…. please god no
    Guardiola… yeah right
    … who else is there?

  31. spurs guvnor | Jun 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm |

    Redknapp out.

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