We didn’t see Redknapp’s Tottenham sacking coming, admits Jordan

Joe Jordan believes Harry Redknapp and his coaching staff could have done little more at Tottenham to avoid getting the sack

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Harry Redknapp was sacked by Tottenham over a fortnight ago PA Photos

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Joe Jordan believes there is little more Harry Redknapp could have done to save his job after the manager was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur in June.

Spurs secured a fourth-place finish ahead of Chelsea in the Premier League but the Blues’ success in the Champions League resulted in the north London outfit being parachuted into next season’s Europa League.

Redknapp took over after Juande Ramos’s dismissal in 2008 with Tottenham in the relegation places, and the 65-year-old capped a remarkable turnaround by guiding the club into the Champions League in 2010.

“I didn’t see it coming,” Jordan told BBC Sport.

“When I left White Hart Lane on the final day I was looking forward not only to the next season – but also the Champions League.

“Not for the life of me did I think I would go off on my holiday and return to find my contract had been terminated.

“It’s hard to see what else we could have done. Harry arrived at a club that only had two points from eight games and was bottom of the league.

“I don’t think people realise how difficult it is to turn that around but Harry eventually did that and we had a very respectful finish to the season.

“The seasons after that we went fourth, fifth and fourth and I think that was a major turnaround.”

Jordan also revealed Redknapp had a number of transfer targets in mind to improve Spurs over the summer transfer window ahead of next season.

“You look to improve and we would have,” Jordan added. “I think Harry had his eye on one or two players who he thought could improve the team.”

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