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

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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