Mention of Harry Redknapp’s managerial qualities is always guaranteed to spark some serious debate but is there more to his armoury than just an arm round the shoulder?
Emmanuel Adebayor seems to think so and he has gone on record this week in suggesting that the Spurs boss is equally as good as his Real Madrid coach, Jose Mourinho.
“Harry Redknapp is a top manager. I would put him closer to Mourinho because of the way he treats players. He gives you full confidence. He too knows how to talk to players and that makes him special as well,” Ade said.
Asked if Harry could take Spurs back to the Champions League, the player added,
“For sure, yes. He has it all. If he has a great season he can take us to where we want to be. There is no doubting his ability.”
Admittedly Adebayor was speaking in the Hotspur so he was never going to compare Redknapp to say, Dave Bassett but the assessment is worth taking notice of.
While it’s early days for Messrs Jordan and Bond, there was some criticism of their tactics and their handling of the substitutions in Sunday’s game against Fulham and if Harry isn’t back in the dugout for the Villa game, the next few weeks could be a true test as to just how much he is missed.