Thursday 14 June 2012

Redknapp to make Tottenham exit

Manager to depart White Hart Lane after almost four years in charge

Harry Redknapp took charge at Tottenham Hotspur in October 2008

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is to leave White Hart Lane, the club has confirmed.

The 65-year-old leaves after almost four years in charge at Spurs, during which the club regularly challenged for a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League.

The club won 65 of his 134 League matches in charge, drawing 33 and losing 36.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy told Tottenham's website: "This is not a decision the board and I have taken lightly.

"I have had a fantastic four years with the club, at times the football has been breathtaking"
- Harry Redknapp

"Harry arrived at the club at a time when his experience and approach was exactly what was needed.

"This decision in no way detracts from the excellent work Harry has done during his time with the club and I should like to thank him for his achievements and contribution. Harry will always be welcome at the Lane."

Redknapp said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Spurs and am proud of my achievements.

"I have had a fantastic four years with the club, at times the football has been breathtaking.

"I am sad to be leaving but wish to thank the players, staff and fans for their terrific support during my time there."

Success

Redknapp took charge from Juande Ramos in October 2008 when, after a poor start, Spurs found themselves at the foot of the table.

The former Portsmouth, Southampton, West Ham United and Bournemouth manager guided them to an eighth-place finish that season.

More Barclays Premier League success followed, finishing fourth in 2009/10, fifth in 2010/11 and fourth in the campaign just finished.

Fourth would normally guarantee UEFA Champions League qualification, but sixth-placed Chelsea's winning campaign in that competition meant they qualified as the fourth English team, with Spurs entering the UEFA Europa League.

They also reached the 2009 League Cup final, losing on penalties to Manchester United.

Redknapp was among the favourites for the England manager's position following Fabio Capello's departure in February 2012, although the post eventually went to Roy Hodgson.

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Key Points

  • Manager Harry Redknapp to leave Tottenham Hotspur
  • Former Portsmouth boss took charge in October 2008
  • Guided Spurs to two top-four finishes in Barclays Premier League