Has Harry got the foresight to take Tottenham all the way?

Harry-RedknappIt seems a strange time to question Harry Redknapp given how he has transformed Spurs’ fortunes in such a short period of time but question him I shall. Redknapp has received a lot of praise for his work at Tottenham, he arrived when the club was at it’s lowest ebb; Juande Ramos had somehow turned a side that could have finished fifth to one that was battling relegation. Redknapp came in, brought in a number of players (that Ramos had allowed to leave) and Tottenham moved up the table and went on a good run in the Carling Cup. Now they are considered genuine contenders for fourth spot and have one of the most potent attacks in the Premier League.

On the surface the progress that has been made is staggering; but in reality Redknapp’s achievements only serve to further underline what a mess Juande Ramos made of the club. Since Martin Jol’s side were undone by a bout of illness at the end of the 05/06 season Spurs should really have pushed on, but instead they went backwards and it is only now that they appear to have recovered. Redknapp has changed the fortunes of Spurs but recent defeats to Stoke and Wolves suggest that despite the quality of the side, they are not ready to make the step up to the Champions League.

Redknapp is a vastly experienced manager, but the majority of his career has not been spent at the top end of the Premier League. The last few seasons with Portsmouth and Southampton have been spent battling relegation; Redknapp formed a reputation as a wheeler-dealer and his activities in the transfer market are generally seen as his strength. But in terms of building teams which perform well consistently over an extended period of time, Redknapp has no real pedigree. At Portsmouth his side were capable of great things as they showed by winning the FA Cup, but in that same season there some league games where the performances were abysmal. Going back to his West Ham days when Redknapp was in charge of arguably the most talented group of English players in the country, there were some impressive displays but his West Ham side arguably underachieved and some poor transfer deals led to problems later.

Redknapp has made a positive impact at most clubs he has managed at, but it can be argued that he is better suited to the job of stabilising a club in the short-term rather than planning and creating a strategy for long-term success. He enjoys the transfer market and this is clearly something that Daniel Levy is already wary about; signings for signing’s sake are not always the way forward and I would question whether Redknapp has the foresight needed to take Spurs to the next level.

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