Tottehham Hotspurs: Harry Redknapp Was Pushed Out

   on June 14 2012 6:09 AM

Well here we are in silly season again. It appears that the steady march of the trolls on social media sites has not encompassed the higher echelons of football ownership.

We all thought that Daniel Levy's appointment of Harry Redknapp in 2008 was one of the most inspired pieces of management in recent football history. The club was at the bottom of the Premier League and heading for Armageddon. Then, along came Harry on his white horse and transformed them into a Champions League club in a matter of two seasons.

Had it not been for one of the most unlikely Champions League winners in history, he would have guided the Spurs to the Champions League again next season, after finishing fourth yet again in the Premier League. In fact, his last three seasons, he has led his team to fourth, fifth and fourth in the Table.

Unfortunately, for Redknapp, his success earmarked him as a contender for the England job. This would not have been a problem at the time, because Capello, the incumbent, was not due to leave until after the Euro Championships. However, in yet another weird twist of events, Capello left in a fit of pique and that left open the door for Redknapp to be named the new England manager.

Whether he handled the speculation well or not, it was not his fault that the media installed him as their number one to fill the post. However, you have to understand the psyche of somebody like Levy. Instead of seeing this as some kind of reflected glory for Spurs, he saw it as a lack of commitment from Redknapp, and not being one to refrain from holding a grudge, he secretly made his decision there and then that he would be unloading Redknapp at the first opportune moment.

That moment came when Redknapp, quite genuinely, wanted to discuss his contract. With only ear remaining, it is normal practice in football to start negotiations early. It must have come as a surprise then that Levy refused even to discuss his contract. Instead he made it clear that this was the end of the road.

So, what reasons could be given for sacking a manager who has rescued the club from relegation and finished in the top five three years running? Evidently, Levy has announced that Spurs are moving in a different direction

I would propose that direction will be downwards. It seems that Levy has become a party to the delusional phone-in fan syndrome, where utterly unrealistic ambitions are made. The Playstation football managers who think that because they can buy Messi for £10m and win the Champions League with Hartlepool United have lost touch with reality.

Levy also sacked Jol when he finished fifth. So which manager would want to take on a role that would mean anything less than winning the Premier League will be considered success? There will no doubt be some hapless mug willing to take it on. If this sounds familiar, just take a look at the revolving door at Chelsea, with an out-of-touch owner living a Walter Mitty existence while running a Premier League football club like one of his fleet of yachts.

People like Levy need to get a reality check and be grateful for the Harry Redknapps of this world, because they are in short supply and do not come along very often.

To change the song lyrics slightly, "The only way is down, baby."