Redknapp believes Tottenham departure was inevitable

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp believes Daniel Levy and the club’s board had decided to appoint a new boss regardless of whether or not Spurs had qualified for the Champions League, the Daily Mail has reported.

In an exclusive interview with the newspaper Redknapp, who left White Hart Lane earlier this week, denied that his contractual situation had anything to do with his departure from the club. The ex-Portsmouth manager had only a year remaining on his deal and was said to be pushing for an extension, whereas Levy was happy to wait for the contract to run out and begin talks next summer.

Redknapp however rejected that suggestion, revealing that he and the board never even discussed his contract. He added that even if he had guided Tottenham into the Champions League places by finishing third, he feels both he and the club would be in the same situation they are now.

The 65-year-old said: “I don’t think it would have mattered where we finished. [The chairman] told me even if we had finished third the outcome would have been the same. We didn’t even get around to discussing a contract. They had made up their minds to change and nothing was going to make any difference.

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