Cast your minds back to February 11, 2012. Tottenham Hotspur had just raced into a 2-0 lead at home to Newcastle in six minutes. With Louis Saha, a January signing, converting for the second.
The Spurs faithful reacted in unison and White Hart Lane reverberated to “We want you to stay, Harry Redknapp we want you to stay.”
Fast forward to four months and two days later and ‘Arry has reportedly left Spurs after weeks of rumours that Daniel Levy wasn’t willing to offer him a long term contract at Spurs.
Redknapp undoubtedly improved Tottenham on his arrival. Juande Ramos had achieved the now familiar “2 points from 8 games” and Spurs’ run from relegation fodder to a Champions League side at the end of the following season was down to Redknapp’s genial managerial style, getting the best out of under performing players.
But, Redknapp has to be culpable for failing to secure Champions League football in the past two seasons. The 2010/2011 campaign could be put down to Spurs’ exertions in Europe’s premier competition but there was no excuse for the collapse at the end of the past season where third should have been a shoo-in.
The game which may well have been the final straw for Levy was the 1-1 draw at Villa Park that saw Spurs fail to leapfrog Arsenal into third with just one game remaining.
Now Daniel Levy will be urged to move quickly. David Moyes is the overwhelming favourite with Rafa Benitez reportedly in the frame. Are either of these two Merseyside legends better than Redknapp?
There will be a host of Spurs fans, many of them disenchanted with Redknapp but unsure if he deserved a longer deal, muttering to themselves this evening: “In Levy we trust.”
Leaving that debate to one side, Redknapp is an absolute dream for viral video clips and the “no wonder he’s in the facking reserves” would walk into any hall of fame of football funnies.
But that was at Portsmouth and there are a fair few clips to get through during three years and nine months at Tottenham. The best one comes first, with the others in chronological order after the jump.
Harry Redknapp, post Wigan home defeat, August 2009: “I’m no wheeler and dealer.”
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The Darren Bent miss v Portsmouth in January 2009 that caused Redknapp to say his wife Sandra could have scored.
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Harry Redknapp drenched by Spurs players after reaching Champions League, May 2010.
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Second angle on Harry Redknapp drenching.
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Harry Redknapp’s brilliant skill v Werder Bremen, December 2010.
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Trademark car window interview with Sky Sports News, no players coming in, August 31, 2011.
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Reaction to 5-2 defeat at Arsenal in February 2012.
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