You wait two months for Juande Ramos to be sacked, and then…
Even though I was strongly of the opinion that Spurs needed to get rid of Juande Ramos, I did not see this one coming. Daniel Levy and co have taken a big gamble in paying off their beleaguered Spanish boss and rushing in a droopy-cheeked replacement. For all his experience, Harry Redknapp has never managed a big team. His naivety in European football, for instance, was exposed as Portsmouth suffered defeat to Sporting Braga this week (plus I had a dream that he got the England job and he couldn’t hack it!).
The newly-appointed Spurs boss said: “It’s a big opportunity to manage a big club before I retire.”
This is from a man who just five months ago said: “Any unfulfilled dreams I have left in football can be achieved here. I turned down two exceptional offers in the last 12 months and that was a clear indication of where my heart and mind was.
“It wouldn’t make an ounce of difference who came in for me now. This is where I belong and this is where I want to finish. It would have been easy to walk away in the past year and I don’t think anyone would have had any real complaints. But, as tempting as the offers were, I couldn’t have lived with myself. There would have been a massive sense of betrayal.”
Off The Post just hopes ‘Arry can live with himself. The early signs are promising for Spurs after a 2-0 win over Bolton this afternoon.