Telegraph Sports Notebook - Redknapp’s departure is a sad end

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
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Surprised? Not really. Disappointed? A little.

There was little shock around last night’s developments and the departure of Harry Redknapp as Tottenham manager.

Rumours, strongly denied or not, have been doing the rounds for some time now.

The sad thing is it is difficult to see how either party will come out of the deal better off - and I don’t mean financially.

Redknapp will struggle to find a job of equal stature in a hurry while Spurs - unless chairman Daniel Levy is about to pull a particularly impressive rabbit out of his hat - will not be able to match the quality of a manager whose stock was so high just a few months ago.

The relationship between Levy and Redknapp has been strained for some time and it is always the chairman that wins that battle.

Perhaps the most surprising thing is that the Tottenham faithful might be strangely accepting of the move as there have been some mutterings about Redknapp’s decision making.

There are some who feel he is simply a self-promotionist who has reached this level more by luck than judgement. A limited manager who has punched above his weight.

But they would do well to remember exactly the state the club was in when he arrived and how swift the repair work has been carried out.

The phrase ‘taken the club as far as he can’ is also one that sticks in the throat.

It was the same one trotted out after Spurs’ abysmal treatment of Martin Jol and the club are back in pretty much the same position as when he was sacked - bar one brief flirtation with the Champions League.

Sometimes clubs just need to accept their level.

Unless Levy is willing to splash the cash - cash that Tottenham don’t have - they will not be able to compete regularly with Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal or the next sugar-daddy funded outfit to clamber above their station.

The thing with Redknapp is that he restored some respectability - in footballing terms - to White Hart Lane.

They were respected again and not the laughing stock they had been for so many seasons.

They were competing and they were playing a brand of football that was a pleasure to watch.

And now it seems the club has had another episode of self-made combustion. Typical Spurs, is the common expression.

It will now be interesting to see where Levy plucks the magician that will guarantee his club Champions League football on the tight budget he so gleefully clings to.

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