“It had nothing to do with my record — yes, it was political.
I’ve got my own feelings about what happened to me but it’s difficult for me to say.”
(Quotes – The Sun)
Change the record, Harry.
Former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is still insisting that football reasons weren’t behind his sacking by Daniel Levy – and, when questioned about it in yesterday’s weekend press-conference, still insists that it was politically-motivated.
Whether that’s true or not, only the Tottenham Chairman probably knows, but what’s irritating is Redknapp’s refusal to take any responsibility for the club’s nosedive at the end of last season. Spurs’ collapse belongs on any all-time Premier League capitulation list, and yet ‘Arry still does his ‘no idea, guv’ routine for the cameras.
A couple of things, and there’s nothing here which hasn’t been said before…
Redknapp created the situation which led to his sacking. Add up the poor end of season form, the public flirting with The FA over the England job, the court case, and by May of last year he was in an unfavourable situation. From that weakened position, he then started bartering – through the Sky Sports cameras – for a new contract, and made it clear that he felt unable to do his job without the comfort of a multi-year extension.
Enough with the victim complex, Harry, what did you expect to happen?
There almost certainly were other, non-footballing factors involved in his dismissal, but let’s not pretend that his performance as Tottenham’s manager last season was completely irrelevant. The game today is short-term, and so past successes are not as relevant as they once were – managers need to show continuous progress, or else they make themselves vulnerable. Redknapp didn’t do that, and that was undeniably a contributing factor to his departure.