Management is half psychology now, claims Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has claimed to be a Premier League manager now you need to understand a player’s mentality more than ever, Press Association has revealed.

Redknapp said: “Everything you do with them it is all psychology. You have always got people who are up, or some who are down because they are not playing. I think football management is about it being half a psychologist with [the players].

The 65-year-old was speaking after witnessing Fabrice Muamba collapse on the White Hart Lane field during an FA Cup tie between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers. The midfielder’s condition is now described as comfortable and Redknapp added that the news Muamba was making progress is “fantastic“.

Redknapp is one of the more experienced managers in the top flight, having made his playing debut for West Ham United in the 1965-66 season, going on to make nearly 200 appearances for the Hammers. Spells at Bournemouth and the United States’ Seattle Sounders followed before Redknapp made his entry into management with Bournemouth in 1983, having previously been the Cherries’ assistant boss.

From there Redknapp returned to West Ham as assistant manager to Billy Bonds, taking the manager’s job in 1994. Redknapp remained at West Ham for seven years before taking positions at Portsmouth and Southampton, becoming Tottenham manager in 2008.

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