Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy regrets not bringing Harry Redknapp to White Hart Lane much earlier.
The veteran former West Ham United, Southampton and Portsmouth boss replaced Juande Ramos in the Spurs hot-seat almost exactly 12 months ago, since when he has lifted the club from the foot of the Premier League table to top-four contenders.
Levy told the Evening Standard:"My only regret is that he wasn't manager here a number of years ago.
"Based on how we've progressed since he's been here, it's the board's best football decision during my time as chairman.
"I always had high hopes that Harry would do a great job here."
Meanwhile, Spurs have submitted a planning application for a new 56,250-seat ground adjacent to White Hart Lane which Levy hopes the club will be able to use from the the start of the 2012-13 campaign.
The new stadium will cost in the region of £400million, with Levy saying:"We will make sure that the way we finance this will have no negative impact on the club.
"I'm not going to be too precise on numbers but the stadium project will be hundreds of millions of pounds."