Chelsea’s Frank Lampard admits shock at Harry Redknapp sacking

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard admits he was stunned by Tottenham Hotspur's decision to sack Harry Redknapp

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Frank Lampard admits he feels “really bad” for Harry Redknapp after the manager was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

The Chelsea midfielder is Redknapp’s nephew and the England international began his career at West Ham United when the former Portsmouth boss was in charge at Upton Park.

Lampard was instrumental in Chelsea’s victory over Bayern Munich on penalties in the Champions League final which ensured the Blues’ participation in Europe’s premier club competition next season.

But while it was a career highlight for Lampard, it resulted in fourth-placed Spurs dropping down to the Europa League.

And although Redknapp, 65, admitted earlier this week that his failure to secure Champions League football was not the decisive factor behind his dismissal, Lampard still has mixed emotions following his uncle’s sacking.

“I feel really bad for Harry, especially as my biggest success in football turned out so unlucky for him,” Lampard told the Sun.

“He deserved Champions League football. He and Spurs finished fourth. That’s why I’m still shell-shocked by what’s happened.

“I have some mates who are Spurs fans and they are desperately disappointed.

“They remember how they were rock-bottom when Harry came in. Then, all of a sudden, they’re playing in the Champions League and competing at the top.

“He’s done an amazing job.”

Harry Redknapp fact-file

• Redknapp started his playing career at West Ham, where his team-mates included future England World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore. A midfielder, Redknapp scored seven goals in 149 appearances before joining Bournemouth in 1972, where he also played over 100 games.

• He moved to America via Brentford in 1976, spending three years in Seattle where he also worked as assistant coach. Held the same post to Moore at non-league Oxford City and then went to Bournemouth, where he was appointed manager in late 1983. Masterminded an FA Cup shock against holders Manchester United in January 1984.

• He returned to West Ham in 1992 as assistant to Billy Bonds, whom he succeeded as manager in 1994. He gave first-team chances to the likes of Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole during his seven years in charge.

• Redknapp was appointed Portsmouth’s director of football in 2001, and stepped into the manager’s chair the following year.

• He took them into the Premier League in 2003 and, after a year in charge of local rivals Southampton, returned in December 2005, winning the FA Cup in 2008.

• Struggling Tottenham turned to Redknapp that October and he steered the team away from relegation trouble, also reaching the League Cup final.

• In 2009-10 he led the club to fourth position in the Premier League, earning a new contract until 2013.

• He led Spurs to a fourth-place finish in the Premier League in 2011-12 but the Londoners were forced to settle for a Europa League spot as a result of Chelsea’s Champions League triumph.

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