By Jagit Bassi
Redknapp goes into auditioning mode, after diabolical decision changes the momentum of the game.
Harry Redknapp yesterday gave the clearest indication that he was on his way to pastures new in his politically correct interview after the game.
“The second goal was a disaster for us,” said Redknapp. “It was an honest mistake by the referee but it was nowhere near the line.
“The referee has made a big mistake. He hasn’t done it on purpose but I don’t see how he could give the goal.” The potential future England manger continued.
He added: “He must have guessed because he couldn’t have been sure. He has made an honest decision but has made a mistake – but he’s not done it on purpose.
“I spoke to him and he said he feels worse than I do about it – I said ‘I don’t think so.’ He said he feels bad and he’s going to have a bad week but there is nothing we can do about it now.
Could you imagine any other manager being so constrained?
Mouriniho would have been livid calling for the referee to be hung and quartered on such a mistake, Ferguson would have gone on the pitch and acted out the hanging himself but when you have an ulterior motive as in Redknapp case you have to see the bigger picture.
And the bigger picture is what Redknapp has been seeing since February.
That was when he was cleared of tax evasion and Tottenham’s promising season started to spiral.
Since the Newcastle game Tottenham have just managed two league wins and look the shadow of the team that lit up the Premiership in the earlier months.
It would be too easy to say it was down to Capello leaving the England post and the clamour for Redknapp to be appointed but that surely hasn’t helped. Redknapp’s head has been turned as have Tottenham’s fortunes.
Injuries have also played their part and Redknapp’s inability to keep his mouth shut on anything England. ‘I’d take Scholes to the Euro’s’ and stories alike were not helping, the focus seemed to be on England rather than the job in hand.
Footballers don’t need much of an excuse when things are going against them so when a nation’s media are pushing for the man from Poplar to be the next national boss, they don’t need anything more to start feeling sorry for themselves.
Since February Tottenham’s season has imploded and no one seems to have the capacity or heart to stop it.
And when your heart is elsewhere, it makes it harder still.