The departure of Harry Redknapp from the managerial post at Tottenham Hotspur last week raised quite a few eyebrows across English football. Uncertainty arose as to the reasons why Redknapp had left, some saying he was sacked by Chairman Daniel Levy, others saying Redknapp wanted more money.
Source: Graeme Bandeira
In all honesty, I believe the Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy had realised Spurs hit a ceiling last season and become sceptical over Harry Redknapp’s ability to lead Spurs on to the next stage. Last season was Spurs best opportunity to really put up a threat to the title chasers. In all due respect to Spurs, they blew it. The best Spurs team there has been in recent memory, all they needed to do was finish the season reasonably well and they would have piped Arsenal to third and gained Champions League qualification for next season. However Spurs last half of the season was poor, mustering up only 8 victories after the turn of the year, allowing Arsenal to finish 3rd and missing out on Champions League qualification.
All sorts of excuses arose around Spurs sudden demise in form. The England factor was the biggest excuse. When speculation regarding Harry Redknapp’s possible switch to the England role came about, in which Harry refused to deny, there was no doubt that caused some concern within the Tottenham ranks. I’m not sure whether it did any favours in regards to Harry Redknapp’s popularity with Chairman Daniel Levy either.
From that point on, Tottenham seemed to slump in form for one reason or another. As an outsider looking in, I personally feel something happened behind the scenes at Spurs, whether that be Daniel Levy expressing his disappointment at Harry’s decision not to deny the speculation surrounding him with the England job, or whether some players expressed their concern. Something happened at Spurs football club and I believe a decision around Redknapp’s future was made several months ago by Daniel Levy.
Daniel Levy has been involved in the running of football clubs before, including clubs like Rangers, Vicenza and AEK Athens. A person like Daniel Levy, a successful businessman, doesn’t get to where he is now, without making day-to-day cut throat decisions and upsetting the odds a bit. Daniel Levy made a business decision to get rid of Harry Redknapp, because he knew Harry would not be able to push Spurs into the direction he wishes. Spurs had hit a ceiling under Harry and Daniel Levy knew it, it was time for change.
No disrespect to Harry Redknapp at all, he has done a fantastic job at Spurs and I thought he would be great as the England manager, but Harry is the guy that Chairman’s bring in when the ship is rocking and they need steady the ship. Harry has always been the rescuer to a club, but has never been in a position until now where he can actually push a club onto the next level, which in Spurs case would be title contenders and a recognised force in the Champions League. Daniel Levy obviously thought Harry was not the right person to do so.
With Spurs set to lose Modric, Adebayor and possibly Bale, three of their biggest players, Daniel Levy recognises that somehow Spurs are going to have to attract new players of the highest calibre to the club. This is the reason why Levy wants to introduce a director of football role at the club to help bring in new signings with proven talent. A role that I’m led to believe that Harry Redknapp wasn’t the happiest about. The appointment made by Daniel Levy along with the new manager will certainly decide whether Spurs will go back to being a mid-table club or push forward to being one of the Premier League elites.
I personally don’t believe Harry would be able to attract the names Daniel Levy is after, which is why I believe the next manager of Spurs will be someone foreign, someone that doesn’t mind working under a Director of Football role, which is becoming ever more popular in the European Leagues. I have mixed feelings regarding a director of football role, whilst there are obvious positives to the role, I believe a manager should be able to get on with his job without any interference from the board.
If I was in Daniel Levy’s shoes right now, I would probably be looking at Jurgen Klinsmann or Laurent Blanc, someone who will attract big names to the club, won’t mind working with a Director of Football and will reinstall some faith back in to the decision making going on around at Spurs. David Moyes would be great for any club he goes to, but surely Daniel Levy hasn’t got rid of Harry Redknapp just to appoint David Moyes. Whilst it wouldn’t be a step backwards, it surely wouldn’t be a step forward. Villas-Boas has openly admitted his interest for the Spurs job and has quickly become the new bookies favourite. I’m not sure whether the appointment of Villas Boas would fill Spurs fans with confidence, whilst obviously talented, will he be the right person to give Spurs that new push they need to break through the ceiling that they are hitting at this current point in time.
Spurs need someone with pedigree and know how as a player and a coach on winning trophies and being the best, something Daniel Levy aspires to do at Spurs.