LONDON – According to multiple reports out of England, Tottenham Hotspur has fired manager Harry Redknapp.
Redknapp, 65, once linked to the England national team after Fabio Capello’s abrupt resignation, will be officially relived of his duties at White Hart Lane with one year remaining on his contract. During his time in North London, Tottenham finished in the top five in each of their last three seasons.
Redknapp, who would once have Tottenham in contention for a Champions League spot, would see his Spurs stumble down the stretch. Chelsea’s victory over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final may have been the last straw as Tottenham would see their qualifying slot for next year’s tournament slip away.
After arriving in 2008 from Portsmouth as a replacement for Juande Ramos, Redknapp would guide the Spurs from eighth to a Champions League birth in 2009-10 with a fourth place finish. Tottenham would miss out on a Champions League birth in 2010-11 with a fifth place finish.
A run of one victory in their final matches would see Tottenham slip from fourth—and thanks to Chelsea’s Champions League victory—to out of European contention for the 2012-13 season.
Early names who that have been mentioned as Redknapp’s replacement at Tottenham are former Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas, former Liverpool manager Rafael Bentiez and United States men’s coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
With local rivals such as Chelsea and Arsenal adding quality talent in the form of Eden Hazard and Lukas Podolski, the loss of Redknapp will be off-set due to the current on-pitch talent of Rafael van der Vaart, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.
The loss of Redknapp will be felt on the sidelines as Tottenham must now find a world-class manager who must deal with the intense pressure of contending for a Champions League spot, while at the same time finishing above both The Gunners and Blues immediately.
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