Good luck to him! QPR manager Redknapp has no problem with AVB
QPR manager Harry Redknapp insists there are no issues between him and the current Tottenham manager André Villas Boas
Harry Redknapp has rubbished talk of potential fireworks between him and André Villas-Boas when Queens Park Rangers welcome Tottenham to Loftus Road on Saturday.
The 65-year-old QPR boss was in bullish mood on Friday morning after being questioned about remarks he made about Rafael Benítez’s impact at Chelsea, which were interpreted as a slight against Villas-Boas.
The ambitious Portuguese coach lasted less than six months at the Stamford Bridge helm before Daniel Levy lured Villas-Boas to White Hart Lane in June after sacking Redknapp.
Redknapp had claimed that any manager would have to be “a real dope” to fail at Chelsea, which inevitably led some to look at Villas-Boas’ doomed reign.
But the former Tottenham manager insists his comments were taken out of context and says he has no issue with the current Spurs boss, who he feels is doing a fantastic job at White Hart Lane.
“Not at all [it won’t be frosty],” said Redknapp.
“I haven’t got any relationship with Villas-Boas – but I haven’t got a relationship with any of the other managers in the Premier League either.
“I don’t socialise with him. I’ve got no problems at all with him. He’s gone to Spurs and done a great job. Long may it continue.”
He added: “I was asked a question about Benítez at Chelsea, and I said he’s gone in there and done very well but you’d have to be ‘a dope’ to mess it up with that squad of players.
“I said Benítez’s is not a dope, he’s a top manager and doing very well. I never mentioned anyone else. So why anyone has to relate it to the Tottenham manager, I don’t know!
“He hasn’t got my job – he’s got a job. When he took over, I was out of work. So he hasn’t taken my job. Someone had to manage Tottenham, so good luck to him.
“I don’t got spending my life worrying about what he’s doing or Spurs are doing. My life doesn’t work like that.
“Absolutely not [there’ll be no fireworks]. I’ll shake his hand and I’ll invite him in for a drink after whatever the result.”
With Redknapp building a squad at Tottenham which was touted as potential Premier League winners and had already reached the Champions League knockout stage in 2010-11, the experienced manager’s sacking came as a surprise.
But the Hoops boss rubbished talk of exacting “revenge” on his former club, with Redknapp simply focused on picking up three points as he looks to guide the west London outfit to safety.
“Revenge? No, not at all. It’s just another game to me that we need three points if possible. We’ve got a very difficult game against a top team but we went to Chelsea and got three points and no-one expected it.
“It’s a chance to win another three points. That’s what is at stake for me.”◀ The Sport Review homepageNext story ►
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