The Queens Park Rangers manager has suggested in the past two weeks that you would have to be a real dope not to succeed in bossing Chelsea, while attempting to put pressure on Tottenham ahead of tomorrow’s game by claiming that Andre Villas-Boas has enough quality at his disposal to be able to field two teams strong enough to compete at the top of the Premier League.
The two managers meet tomorrow afternoon at Loftus Road in the Premier League. Redknapp spoke to silence speculation of a grudge, denying even a social relationship with the Spurs boss.
“I don’t have a relationship with Villas-Boas but then I don’t have a relationship with any other manager in the Premier League,” said Redknapp.
“I don’t socialise with him, he’s gone to Tottenham and done a great job. What’s the problem? I’ve got no problem with him at all.
“Good luck to him, he’s doing a fantastic job there. Long may it continue for him.
“I’ll shake his hand after the game and invite him in for a drink, whatever the result. I don’t have any problems with him. He seems a nice guy.”
Going onto further contextualise comments made earlier in the week suggesting that a “dope” could manage Chelsea, Redknapp stated, “I was asked a question about [Chelsea’s] Rafael Benitez and I said he’s gone in there and done very well, but you’d have to be a dope to mess up with that squad of players.”
“I said Rafa Benitez is not a dope, he’s a top manager who will do very well there.
“I never mentioned anyone else, so why people have started relating it to the manager at Tottenham I don’t know.”