It is well documented that in his first year in charge, Harry Redknapp steered Tottenham Hotspur into the top four and for the first time in its Premiership history, joined the elite for the Champions’ League where they went on to reach the quarter finals. They didn’t progress without getting noticed and labelled ‘The Entertainers’ for their often gutsy but always exciting football. In his second year in charge, Spurs went close, but were pipped to the fourth spot by Manchester City and their deep pockets. With only half of this season played so far, Harry’s third year at Spurs has seen them improve again and are producing stylish and entertaining football with comparisons often made to the ‘Double’ winning team of the early sixties. Indeed, Redknapp’s popularity with the fans is huge and more importantly, Harry has many admirers in football, not associated with Tottenham Hotspur.
At the end of the Euro 2012 competition this summer, Fabio Capello is stepping down from his post as Coach of England’s national team and speculation began long before for who will be his successor. It has been strongly suggested by many in the footballing profession that the next England coach should be Redknapp. Taking the Spurs fans’ view, to lose a successful coach that lifted the team from mediocrity to the dizzy heights of Top London club, leaving their bitter rivals Arsenal and Chelsea to fight it out for the last Champions’ League spot is a bitter pill to swallow.
The fixtures list for the month of February is very difficult and intense. Spurs travel to Anfield to face Liverpool, next we are home for Newcastle and we then travel to Arsenal. March starts with Manchester United at home and ends with a short journey to Stamford Bridge for Chelsea. These important games require the guidance of a leader fully focussed on the job in hand. Harry Redknapp started this week answering charges brought against him by the Inland Revenue for Tax evasion at Southwark Crown court, which will take up much of his valuable time and limit his coaching at the training ground.
The news that if Redknapp is found guilty in court, he may be forcibly led away before the season ends leaving Spurs with no Commander, apart from his First Lieutenants, Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond in charge! Suddenly, losing Harry to the England job in the summer seems mighty good to us. At the very least, Levy will have time to appoint a coach, without having to rush in order to fill Redknapp’s shoes! Who will get the job, nobody knows for sure, though some names are banded about, with Jurgen Klinsmann and David Moyes mentioned regularly, but an outside favourite is the near impossible, Jose Mourinho, currently coach for Real Madrid. Jose is one of the few that can possibly take Tottenham Hotspur to new heights and persuade Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to remain at Spurs! The fate of the Lilywhites and their army of followers hangs in the balance, like the scales of justice.