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Do Tottenham now regret sacking Harry Redknapp?

With Tottenham seemingly no closer to attaining a place as a regular Premier League top-four finisher, there is just cause to look back at where it has went wrong over the last couple of seasons.

The days when the north London outfit were beating Serie A giants Inter and AC Milan in the Champions League now feel like an eternity ago, with the current crop of Spurs players stuttering at the start of 2014-15.

Harry Redknapp was the man responsible for leading Tottenham to the Champions League and oversaw two fourth-placed finishes in his three-year tenure at White Hart Lane.

However, due to the ongoing ambition of the club, the now QPR boss was shown the door in the summer of 2012 for not delivering inclusion to Europe’s top club tournament.

Given that Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood have failed to inspire the required confidence to be deemed as the man to take the club forward and Mauricio Pochettino is already feeling the heat, does Daniel Levy regret getting rid of Redknapp?

Harry Redknapp

There is no doubt that Pochettino is a young manger of ability, displayed for all to see during his time at Southampton, but he needs to be given time at the club; there will most likely need to be steps back before progression can be made.

That said, Spurs have stagnated and made little progress since the departure of Redknapp and have been experiencing the consequences of too much ambition and impetuousness for the last two years.

Although not the man to great a Sir Alex Ferguson-like legacy at Spurs, it would be very interesting to see how the club would be currently sitting if Redknapp had been given more time back in 2012.

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Tottenham want Vertonghen, Vertonghen wants Tottenham; what’s the hold up?

With Euro 2012 in full flight, the inevitable summer transfer merry-go-round has been put on hold for the time being as the majority of Europe’s best players are competing in Ukraine and Poland. However, with Belgium not participating, the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne have completed transfer deals to Chelsea, and Jan Vertonghen and Tottenham have been involved in advanced negotiations over a summer deal. However, this has started to drag on – what’s the hold up?

Ajax skipper Vertonghen has emerged as a player being monitored by a number of leading European clubs, and as such this summer the defender will leave the Amsterdam Arena for a new challenge. Arsenal were early frontrunners for the cultured centre back’s signature, however a direct and no-holds barred approach from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has propelled the White Hart Lane club to the front of queue for Vertonghen’s signature.

The defender has been to White Hart Lane to see the facilities, has considered his options and has openly admitted that his number one choice of destination for next term in at Tottenham. Given the player’s ability and potential to improve further, Spurs fans are rightly excited about a viable long-term replacement to the ageing Ledley King, and a major transfer coup for the club.

However, that was a fortnight ago. Since then everything has seemingly ground to a halt. Admittedly there are negotiations over a transfer fee and personal terms such as wages to be agreed, but Spurs need to act. Now. With top-quality players in short supply on the transfer market, Vertonghen will have no shortage of suitors and plenty of teams ready to steal the Belgian from under Tottenham’s feet. This deal should have been completed by now, and as time goes on Spurs fans are starting to see question marks and hear ever-increasing alarm bells.

Spurs need a new top-class centre back to give them continuity and a figurehead at the back. Without Champions League football next term Spurs will not be able to attract the very best, but Vertonghen is an excellent option for Harry Redknapp’s men.

Mr Levy, please forget that he only has one year left on his contract and pay an extra couple of million to bring in an excellent and season-defining player. Spurs fans do not want to have to be subjected to watching him stepping out in an Arsenal jersey next season.

Tottenham and Manchester City: Beware the wrath of the former manager

With the last day of the Premier League season on Sunday, all is still to play for in the race for the Premier League title, top four and in the battle to avoid relegation. Manchester City and Tottenham are in the driving seat in their respective ambitions of winning the league and qualifying for the Champions League. However, one thing stands in their way; a dedicated former manager.

City sit top of the standings on goal difference and need three points against QPR this weekend to seal their first top-flight title since 1968. Roberto Mancini’s men have been imperious at the Etihad Stadium this term, winning 17 out of their 18 games at home and remaining unbeaten as hosts. On paper City should have the quality and motivation to dispatch the Loftus Road side; however, Rangers still need a point to ensure their Premier League status for next season, as a Bolton win away at Stoke would see the London team drop back into the bottom three.

Rangers’ fortunes have taken an upturn since Mark Hughes replaced Neil Warnock as the club’s manager. The newly-promoted side have beaten Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham since the Welsh trainer’s introduction, and have looked like a stubborn and solid side of late.

Reports in the press indicate that QPR owner Tony Fernandes will reward Hughes with a £1 million payout should he keep the club in the top flight, however the head coach will be motivated to prove a point for other reasons this Sunday. Hughes was treated harshly in his stint at City, dispatched by the club and their lofty ambitions after Sheik Mansour’s takeover, and the Rangers boss will feel that Mancini has taken advantage of the groundwork set by him.

Hughes did not have stars such as David Silva, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and others at his disposal during his time at the club, and in the early stages of the City revolution patience was not in abundance. Hughes has excelled since leaving the Manchester team, both at Fulham and QPR, and will be keen to show that City’s current success may originate from his initial underpinnings.

Meanwhile, in north London Tottenham are on the verge of reclaiming a top-four spot, and need three points at home to Fulham to confirm fourth place at least. Although finishing in third is also possible if Arsenal slip-up at West Brom, Harry Redknapp has admitted that he will be happy to claim fourth place.

Spurs’ early-season heroics have hit a sizeable roadblock over the last two months, and the White Hart Lane club have dropped from potential title challengers to scrapping for fourth. However, Martin Jol and Fulham stand in the way of a successful campaign for Spurs.

Fulham have had a good second half of the season, and the likes of Moussa Dembele, Pavel Pogrebnyak and especially Clint Dempsey will prove a threat to Spurs’ season. Martin Jol is a popular figure at White Hart Lane after his stint in the club’s hotseat. The Dutch trainer put the wheels in motion for Spurs’ current place as one of he country’s best teams, and led Tottenham to two fifth-placed finishes.

Jol has done a good job with Fulham also, and Spurs are by no means guaranteed an easy three points. Similar to Hughes, Jol will feel that his departure from Tottenham was slightly unjust, and the headhunting of Juande Ramos to replace him will have left a slightly bitter taste in the mouth. Jol will look to prove a point to Daniel Levy and the rest of the Tottenham board this weekend, and in doing so could well end the north London club’s hopes of Champions League football.

£22 million For Modric – That’s An Insult

Reports in the Daily Telegraph today indicate that Chelsea have tabled a £22 million bid for Tottenham Hotspur’s shining light Luka Modric – which has been instantly rejected.

For Harry Redknapp’s side to give themselves a chance of another crack at Champions League football and challenge for a place in the top four, they simply MUST keep the Croatian at White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart received plaudits for the performances in the 2010/11 season, and rightly so, as they duo heavily contributed to the North London side’s brand of attacking football and played a big part in the European adventure. That said, Modric is the glue that keeps the attacking shape of the side together.

The former Dinamo Zagreb man is who the rest of the team look to for inspiration, the player who has the guile, creativity and vision to create chances for the afore mentioned duo and the strikers, and the one who orchestrates whole periods of Tottenham possession.

When the 25 year old does not play, Spurs look devoid of direction. If Bale, Van de Vaart or any of the other much desired stars of the side were to depart, they could be replaced. I currently do not see a player in the Premier League with the same attributes that could replace Modric.

Liverpool just paid £20 million for Jordan Henderson, a player who has only scored four goals in senior football, whilst Manchester United have shelled out £16.5 million on Phil Jones, who has only appeared in 35 top flight matches. £22 million for Modric? That’s an insult.

Redknapp and Daniel Levy have previously stated that the club do not want to sell their prize asset, and hopefully he will wear the white of Tottenham next season. But if the powers that be want to seriously bring the player to Stamford Bridge, a bid of double what they have offered would be needed.

Spurs have slapped a £50 million price tag on the Croatia international’s head, a figure that may seem excessive, but given the inflated transfer fees at the moment and the player’s quality, it fits the bill. Tottenham can prepare themselves for further Chelsea offers, but even if their London rivals do come back with the required £50 million sum, Spurs would be silly to sell; some players are invaluable.

Published – http://football-talk.co.uk/27539/22-million-modric-insult/

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