Harry Redknapp is sacked as Tottenham Hotspur boss
Harry Redknapp is sacked as Tottenham Hotspur boss after almost four years in charge at White Hart Lane
Harry Redknapp has been sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager after almost four years in charge at White Hart Lane.
The 65-year-old had 12 months left on his current deal but the north London club confirmed the news early on Thursday morning following reports that talks over a new contract had stalled.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy insisted that it is a decision that has “not been taken lightly”. He said: “Harry arrived at the Club at a time when his experience and approach was exactly what was needed.
“This decision in no way detracts from the excellent work Harry has done during his time with the club and I should like to thank him for his achievements and contribution. Harry will always be welcome at the Lane.”
Redknapp, who guided Spurs into their first-ever Champions League campaign in 2010, said he was “sad” to leave White Hart Lane.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Spurs and am proud of my achievements,” he said.
“I have had a fantastic four years with the club, at times the football has been breathtaking. I am sad to be leaving but wish to thank the players, staff and fans for their terrific support during my time there.”
The former Portsmouth boss was heavily linked with the England manager’s job before the Football Association opted to appoint Roy Hodgson last month.
Despite Spurs finishing fourth last season, the Londoners missed out on a Champions League place as a result of Chelsea winning the trophy.
Everton boss David Moyes has emerged as the front-runner to succeed Redknapp, with Wigan’s Roberto Martinez also said to be in the running for the White Hart Lane post.
Harry Redknapp fact-file
• Started out as a player 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.