Contract row with Levy the cause of Redknapp’s Tottenham departure

The disintegrating relationship between Harry Redknapp and Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is at the heart of the manager’s departure from the club, which was confirmed on Thursday, the Independent has reported.

The newspaper added that Redknapp gave Levy an ultimatum over his contract, which had a year left to run. The former Portsmouth boss is understood to have demanded that Levy agree to a contract extension or Redknapp would leave. When Levy refused, Redknapp’s time at Spurs came to an end.

Redknapp had been at Tottenham for nearly four years, replacing Juande Ramos in October 2008 after Spurs made a poor start to the season. In that time Redknapp took Spurs to the League Cup in 2009, where they lost to Chelsea, and in 2009-10 engineered a top-four finish to deliver Champions League football to White Hart Lane.

Levy is said to have been willing to allow Redknapp to see out the final year of his contract with a view to extending the deal at the end of next season, but Redknapp and his new agent Paul Stretford did not want the speculation over his future to drag on that long.

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