Harry Redknapp’s been involved in football long enough to know that great opportunities are hard to come by. It’s taken him many years to reach the level he has, so should he risk throwing it all away?
A look at previous England managers such as Eriksson, Keegan, Hoddle and McClaren proves that it’s hard or even impossible to recover your reputation.
Its common knowledge that when top teams look for new managers they tend to look abroad; Capello, Mourinho, Ancelotti, Wenger – the list goes on. Daniel Levy fell into the trap when he appointed Juande Ramos, but hopefully he’s learned his lesson and we can be thankful that he appointed Redknapp when he did.
Whether Harry stays or goes, his time at Spurs will be viewed as a success. Thanks largely to his guidance and relationship with the chairman, Tottenham now have a squad full of technically gifted individuals that can compete at the highest level.
Although the Europa league was considered a hindrance, it’s been a fantastic experience for our youngsters and players such as Rose, Townsend and Carroll will now look to follow in Kyle Walkers footsteps. The summer signings of Friedel, Parker, and Adebayor, as well as the return of Ledley King have strengthened the first team and shown how effective this side can become.
The recent North London derby highlighted how much the team has improved. In the past we would have lost our bottle and caved in. It’s refreshing to see a Spurs side battling for a win and other than Van Persie there wasn’t an Arsenal player that would walk into our line-up.
With a new stadium on the agenda and plenty of funds to strengthen the squad, the immediate future looks bright for Spurs and there will be no shortage of applicants looking to work with this team.
Harry has already declared that the England job is a ‘poisoned chalice’, so would he would he stand a better chance of success and trophies with Spurs?
It may be that Harry sees the national job as his last challenge, but if a new manager comes in, makes a couple of key signings and really pushes for the title will Harry live in regret?
Time will tell…