How far can Harry take Spurs?

by David Jones on August 28, 2011

The general consensus in football is that change doesn’t guarantee success, just ask Charlton fans who thought that the ‘grass would be greener’ without Alan Curbishley, or ask Roman Abramovich who also appears to be no closer to world domination since the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

There are exceptions to the rule though, and there’s no better example than our rivals Arsenal. Six years without a trophy tells its own story. Many fans are calling for the manager’s head and now they’ve lost their best two midfielders.

From competing in the final of the Champions League a few years ago, to a fight for fourth place last season, highlights how quick the tides can turn.

Of course Man City bought their way into the top four, but Arsenal’s demise should be a stark warning to Daniel Levy that ‘if you stand still, you’ll be left behind’.

Harry was definitely the right appointment when he joined, but now Spurs have recovered, maybe a different appointment is required to take us forward to the next level.

The recent improvements of Man City and Liverpool have made Champions League qualification even harder and I worry that Harry has his mind on the England job rather than the Spurs job.

The appointment of a new manager/coach with a strong reputation would attract top players to the Lane again and rejuvenate the squad much in the same way the appointment of Owen Coyle did at Bolton.

With a talented group of players to work with the new coach could abandon the outdated 4-4-2 formation and adopt a modern shape that would utilise the talent of the squad.

Fans will argue that we made this mistake when Juande Ramos replaced Martin Jol; personally I believe that the language barrier was the main reason for Ramos failure and its obvious Daniel Levy would never appoint another manager that wasn’t fluent in English.

When Ramos arrived at the Lane his reputation was high following an impressive stint at Seville, this was crucial in the signing of Luka Modric and Giovanni Dos Santos who were both coveted by various clubs. In contrast, I wonder if Harry’s reputation is responsible for the rejections Spurs continue to receive in the transfer market?

It’s common knowledge that Harry tends to favour players he’s worked with before, but are Harry’s signings good enough? Based on last season it would appear not, as our stand out performers Dawson, Bale, Sandro, Modric, and Van der Vart had nothing to do with Harry.

Fans will point to the fact that he secured Champions League qualification for the first time in Spurs’ history. The facts don’t lie and he did a sterling job. Some fans would also argue that based on Harry’s achievements he deserves more time, but that same attitude and misguided loyalty has prevented Arsenal winning a trophy for six years.

Daniel Levy must decide if Harry has the credentials to take us to the next level, or whether Harry has served his purpose and should we now separate amicably so he can fulfil his England ambitions.

Different managers have different strengths. Wenger develops youth and looks to play free flowing football. Ferguson creates togetherness within the squad and his teams are known to fight until the final whistle.

Harry Redknapp has an eye for a bargain, can resurrect a player’s career and can blend a group of players to perform well and secure results, but maybe now Spurs need a champion rather than a challenger.

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