Harry Redknapp’s quotes about the merit of Europa League qualification are fairly old news, but they’re worth opening for discussion. When the manager arrived at the club in 2008, Spurs were bottom of the table and Harry pointed to European football as a distraction. It was also the time when he coined the phrase that it was ‘harder to get out of the competition than it was to get in it.’
Nearly three years later, London’s Metro newspaper reproduces some very similar comments: “Teams get in and then want to get out of it.
“It’s amazing, half the teams put reserve teams out in the early stages as it’s difficult playing every Thursday and Sunday. It disrupts you.
“Last year we didn’t have European football and we ended up finishing fourth, and that was a big advantage to us.”
Whereas he may have a point, it doesn’t seem to have done Manchester City any harm this year and there’s the other question of trying to attract new players when you have no European football to offer them.
While Spurs continue to get results befitting of a team that doesn’t want European qualification, is there any value in Harry’s comments?