Tottenham Club Focus – Why Levy has to back or sack Redknapp

On a day that perhaps saw one of the most dramatic of finishes to a Premier League season, Tottenham Hotspur ended a rollercoaster of a campaign with a 2-0 victory over Fulham and fourth place. Even on this final Sunday, it looked for a while as though third may be theirs until Arsenal finally won an error strewn match against West Bromwich Albion. Now Spurs fans face an anxious wait – cheering on Bayern Munich – to see if they have a Champions League place.

Despite fourth and playing some of the most entertaining football in the league, not everything has been rosy at White Hart Lane. England, other off field distractions, lack of rotation, tactical nous and a collapse in form have all led to questions about Redknapp. Consequently, irrespective of the Bayern vs. Chelsea result, perhaps the most pressing issue is Harry Redknapp’s position.

Redknapp splits fans opinion. For every one that supports the manager, there may be another who believes Redknapp cannot take Spurs any further. After the match, Redknapp told talkSPORT: We’ve had a great, great season finishing fourth in the Premier League. You’ve got to enjoy that because it isn’t easy. It’s not every year you’re going to get into the top four.” The tone of the whole interview appears to insist fans should be grateful for fourth but do not expect it every year. Fans may question why not, or at least why shouldn’t Spurs challenge for the Champions League each year?

Redknapp has one year left on his contract and has yet to be offered a new one. Maybe Daniel Levy wants to see out the year. However, this season has shown the effect uncertainty over the manager’s position can have. The court case and the England rumours have contributed to Spurs poor run. Next season, if Redknapp’s contract is not resolved what will be the outcome? Players will face the same uncertainty? Redknapp has many friends in the press: would Spurs find themselves constantly in the media headlights after each good result, as friendly journalists question the situation? What would the effect be on Redknapp himself? What will be his motivation?

If Levy thinks Redknapp is not the man to lead Spurs after his contract expires, then surely he believes he is not the person to lead them full stop and should sack him now. Undoubtedly plans had already been made in case Redknapp got the England role; this should allow Levy to put a new man in place quickly, if possible, prior to the start of the transfer window so the new manager can influence policy.

If however, Levy believes Redknapp is the one to take Spurs further, then a new contract should be negotiated – at least Redknapp should be made aware of the intention to do so – so the summer transfer window and current player contract negotiations can be conducted from a position of stability.

Either way, action should be taken. Spurs do not need another period or season of uncertainty hanging over them. Consequently, now the season is over, Redknapp has to be backed or sacked so the club can move forward.

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