Harry Redknapp sends Daniel Levy message after ‘not a great season’ with Tottenham

Harry Redknapp has jumped to the defence of Tottenham chief Daniel Levy
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Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says fans should not blame Daniel Levy for the club’s inability to finish in the top four last season.

He highlighted the investment Levy has made during his reign at Spurs, stating Ange Postecoglou boasts a squad good enough for the Champions League.

Levy has been widely praised for his financial management of the club, albeit has faced criticism from supporters for increasing matchday and season ticket prices by 10 per cent ahead of next season.

Some also feel as though the chairman’s astute financial mindset is curtailing the team’s sporting ambition, having only qualified for the Champions League in one of the past four seasons.

Levy is meanwhile considering selling a stake to external investors having conducted talks with potential suitors. Some supporters have aired their desire to see the Spurs chief leave the club altogether amid frustration over perceived lack of on-field ambition.

However, former boss Redknapp told (courtesy of Sorare) that the club’s lack of achievement has not been because of Levy given the investment he has made into the club. He believes the 62-year-old will not be leaving the club any time soon.

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“No, I can't see it,” said Redknapp, who worked under Levy during his tenure between 2008 and 2012. “I mean, he's built a magnificent stadium there.

"They've got magnificent training facilities, a magnificent stadium, probably as good a football stadium as there is in the world now.

“And he has spent money. Tottenham have spent money, there's been good money on the team. They had players last year that were good enough to finish in the top four. With that squad they should have finished fourth.

“It wasn't a great year. I like the manager, I am a big fan. But it wasn’t a great year last year and you can’t blame Daniel for that.

"They’ve bought players. So I could never slag off Daniel Levy. It’d be easy for me to sit here and slag him off but I couldn’t do it, I found him a good man to work for. He never interfered with me with the team and he backed me as much as he could.”

Redknapp says only Champions League qualification will denote a successful season for Postecoglou next term, although refrained from suggesting his job was on the line if he failed to achieve that for a second successive season.

“No, I wouldn't want to say that it would be unfair to say that, but I don't think Daniel wants to keep managers,” he said.

“They lost [James] Maddison and had an almighty dip of form. Maddison came back from the injury, didn’t really recover the form he had before the injury and they struggled late on really.”

Harry Redknapp was speaking to courtesy of Sorare.

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