Tottenham Hotspur chief eyes Premier League title challenge
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is confident Harry Redknapp will guide Spurs to a top-four finish - at the very least
Daniel Levy is backing Tottenham Hotspur to finish in the Premier League top four this season – and is refusing to rule his side out of the title race.
The Londoners, who suffered their first league defeat since August at Stoke City on Sunday, are currently fourth in the table and seven points behind leaders Manchester City with a game in hand.
And Spurs chairman Levy is hopeful Harry Redknapp can guide the White Hart Lane club back to a top-four finish at the very least.
“I hope we have a great season and that we can finish in the top four or, who knows, maybe even higher. We want first,” Levy told the London Evening Standard.
“I spoke to Harry and told him not to be too despondent [after the defeat by Stoke], because if we win our game in hand against Everton, we could be only four points behind Manchester City.”
Redknapp is the hot favourite to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager after Euro 2012 – but Levy is refusing to even contemplate that possibility until the summer.
“Harry has 18 months left on his contract,” he continued. “We have had a conversation that says as far as Harry is concerned, he is very happy here and that he doesn’t particularly want to consider England at the present time. We will worry about that situation if it arises in the summer.”
Levy also insisted that he would not consider cashing in on any of Spurs’ key players in January, despite recent speculation once again linking Luka ModriÄ‡ with a move across London to Chelsea.
“We have a great squad with exceptional talent and none of the main players will be leaving in January,” Levy added.
Meanwhile, Redknapp has escaped a Football Association charge following his post-match comments about the performance of referee Chris Foy during Sunday’s defeat at the Britannia Stadium.
The FA looked at the Spurs boss’s comments but opted not to take disciplinary action and instead warned him about his future conduct.