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A Discussion On Harry Redknapp….

This is the first in what I hope will be a series of guest articles. First up is Rob Handworker. Rob is in his mid 30′s, says Glenn Hoddle is the best player he’s seen at The Lane and won his child’s team loyalties thanks to Woody’s head. This is Rob’s first venture into Spurs blogging.

I know Rob as a calm influence, a mediator. So I was amused when he said he wanted to talk about Harry Redknapp. What was he thinking? Mediator? Twisted firestarter more like! Has this been discussed enough? Maybe so, but I’m hearing murmurs everyday, so clearly some want to say more. Anyway, Rob keeps his cool and looks at it from both sides. We’d love to hear your take on it.



Harry Redknapp. Discuss!

No I am not going to wait here for the air to turn blue and mass arguments to ensue. The season is over and the real debate is on, should Mr Redknapp still be managing our club come August?

In all my years supporting and discussing our club on various social networks and in real life, I have never seen a topic that is on everybody’s lips and at the forefront of their minds straight after a season has finished quite like this.

Your own personal view on the season, good, bad or indifferent is one thing, who you attribute the success to or whose door you lay the blame at is totally different.

From what I have seen and discussed it’s split right down the middle with fans getting quite agitated and angry whatever stance they have.

Harry has become very vocal in recent months and has alienated a lot of supporters with his ‘idiot’ tag and ‘this is the best it gets’ comments amongst others. So much so that I have seen the campaign started for ‘Harry Out’. Low key, yes, but the musings and doubtings have nevertheless begun.

Others say although he was wrong to say such things and continue to say them, Harry is just being Harry and seeing as football is a high pressure job maybe the strain of a truly terrible end to the season is beginning to take its toll. Plus we all know he loves to indulge the media and keep them onside with controversial statements.

Some also seem to think that HR is walking, nay strutting, around WHL like he is the messiah and the saviour of our great club! Really? Yes, we all know what he has done for us under and where we came from, but we have had better managers before him and will hopefully have better after he has left (for Chelsea or most likely England in a years time). The flip side of this argument is that he deserves his swagger as 4th along with CL qualification, QF in the competition a year later with 5th place is outstanding for the level we are at presently. I don’t think anyone is taking these achievements away from Harry and maybe the against camp have taken offence to his attitude rather what he has accomplished with us.

Do a lot of supporters think that Harry has disconnected with the fans? Yes they do, but others say they never connected with him in the first place.

Did he make poor decisions in the transfer market? Well, on the whole no but we all knew we desperately needed a high class striker in January, but not getting one might not have been his own fault, but rather Levy’s.

All football fans have a voice in the game and so they should with the amount it costs, but as we know this voice is rarely taken into account these days. Having little or no respect for the fans along with name calling and insults surely can’t be the way for a manager to act though?

We al have our thoughts on this one and some will be happy if he goes, some won’t, but we are ALL Spurs and want the best for our club. So if you have strong views on this or any other subject when discussing it please remember that any nastiness or rudeness is not needed.

Of course this could all be a moot discussion pending the outcome of the case against HR from the revenue this summer.

Whats my view I hear you ask? Well, its simple really. When he joined, I was surprised, he’s done fantastically well and given us great nights and memories during his tenure, but taking all into account, with all his recent comments, action and demeanour I think his time at the club has come to an end.

Two quotes stick in my mind though ‘you never know what you have until it’s gone’ and ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’

We shall see!

Hey, what do I know though?!


Submitted by Rob Handworker from THFC1882





  1. Yidango

    June 4, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Good article, bang on about his attitude towards the fans..


      June 4, 2011 at 11:14 am

      I think this is so ridiculous. The guy took us from the bottom of the league to the closing stages of the CL, with almost no changes to the squad he inherited. I would describe fans berating him as short sighted, ungrateful idiots that don’t understand too much about football. Were his comments weren’t smart, having said that, what kind of fickle fan goes from thanking god for his arrival to wanting him out after 2 seasons when he has produced results?!?! don’t forget that players get tired with extra CL games and we have had a large number of players out for a while. Seriously people, take a step back, take a deep breath and look at the whole picture, rather than your hurt feelings because someone called a spade a spade…

  2. Alberto

    June 4, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Often the managers we don’t like are the ones that produce the better results. Nobody like Burkinshaw before he managed a few cup wins. Nobody liked Pleat(first time round) but you cannot argue against the fab football his sides played and it was only the Coventry game that turned us against him. But of all the ones we liked we had little to shout about. Ossie, Hoddle, even Chrissy Houghton as assistant; didn’t cut it.
    Terry Venners was often questioned about tactics and formations, but a F A Cup SF against the scum changed most opinions….. Until the next media sound bite or iffy transfer.
    Redsnapps is much the same. Good when it’s going OK but always difficult to like and harder to accept. But that will always be the case at Tottenham. Every manager is measured against the Bill Nick yardstick. So they will always fall a long way short. But Redsnapps goes one step further by antagonising the fans with his stupid comments. That’s not a reason to dump him, but it makes it hard to ‘support’ him. Personally I was very upset when he was appointed – just not my cup of tea- but sometimes it is better the devil you know, so to all those wanting him out, be careful what you wish for.

  3. glen

    June 4, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I think the team got us fourth last term.. this season with no strikers scoring and harry sticking with his love child crouch 5th was as good as it was going to get and now with harrys we couldnt pass him up he was free attitude we’re gonna end up with a load of players with a season left in em. Tbh id let him go to chelsea.. then we could take their spot in the champs league come the end of next season lol. Hopefully him and levy will get there arse in gear and get a big name striker tottenham deserve… falcao please mr levy.. thanks.

  4. Thfc4life

    June 4, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Fantastic article, spot on. Harrys done a great job but that does not make him inept from blame when the team consistently fails to perform against sides at the foot of the table. What’s worse is then ridiculing those fans that deserve a voice the ones that give not take from the clubs finances like himself. Bring back the jol man without this director of football milarky he will succeed!

  5. Shen

    June 4, 2011 at 10:44 am

    My thoughts on Harry, he is a great man manager but is tactically inept he only knows 442. He is no good at spotting or using young talent, they only get a chance when Harry is forced into using them, Bale would not be at Spurs had BAE not been injured, sent walker out on loan yet he does not fancy Hutton or Chorluka, Rose only got his chance thru injury to Bale & BAE, Same with Sandro only got in team because of injury. Last but by no means least why are we in the market for OAP’s, Yes we need a new GK but get one of the young keepers (Loris of France someone like that) same again with Parker do we need him?? Drogba is 33. Let’s face it as a club we have to trim the squad and buy in only the best now if that means breaking the wage structure it has to be done or we will always be in the second tier of the premier league.


  6. m477h3w l4k1n

    June 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    hi, i don’t blog and have posted only once before. my opinion for what it’s worth is as follows:
    We have one of the best squads in the league and I believe we should have been challenging for first place THIS year. I admit before we qualified for fourth I didn’t believe we would do it and HR deserves credit for that. However, I can’t help thinking that a ferguson or mourhino for example would have had this squad challenging at the top of the league. Who was it talked about aiming so high that even failure would be glorious?

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