Football FanCast columnist Alex Dimond wonders if it will prove seventh time lucky for Spurs chairman Dan Levy.
Daniel Levy, Tottenham's chairman,
has seen more than his fair share of managers during his seven year
tenure at the helm of the North London club – but in Harry Redknapp,
he believes he has finally found the manager capable of taking the club
into the top four.
"We have confidence that he
is certainly got every chance to get us there,"
Levy told the Daily Telegraph.
"We went for what we considered
to be the best manager, but other people may have a different opinion.
"I very much hope [he can get
into the Champions League], but he has never managed a top-four club
so you are never going to know until hopefully we get there."
Redknapp will no doubt be delighted
to hear the support of his new chairman, although the admission that
there will not be much money available in the January transfer window
might put a slight dampener on the 61-year-old's spirits;
"Harry's aware he's come into
a situation where we have a group of international players that we believe
are very talented and so does he and that's now coming to fruition,"
Levy said. "As far as January is concerned, I think you will
see limited changes."
Tottenham fans will obviously be hoping
that Levy is right when he says that Redknapp is the ideal man for the
job, and it certainly looks like the former Portsmouth manager has had
a great impact so far. The victory against Bolton, and heroic fight
back for a 4-4 draw against bitter rivals Arsenal, seems to installed
a lot of confidence at White Hart Lane.
"Clearly in the last two games
all of a sudden we are scoring goals. It's hard to believe it's the
same players," Levy admitted.
Nevertheless, Juande Ramos arrived
at the club with a similar fanfare – and even went on to put the Carling
Cup into the club's trophy cabinet. But this counted for nothing when
his squad started this season so poorly.
Redknapp has had success at almost
every club he has been at, but he has never managed a big club. The
challenge comes with different pressures, different challenges to Redknapp's
usual ‘wheeler-dealer' work at lesser clubs.
Few would bet against Harry being a
success with Spurs – but it is far from a foregone conclusion either.
And Daniel Levy has proven he will not tolerate failure lightly.
Levy fired Ramos, in a manner almost
as ruthless as Martin Jol's sacking only a year previously. The Englishman
has a track record of unwillingness to put up with underperformance
– and surely Redknapp will not be given special treatment.
Nevertheless, with full control over
football affairs and a carefully groomed image in the media as a ‘white
knight' coming in to save the club, Redknapp already has a better
chance of success than his predecessors.
Whether even that will be enough, though,
is hard to tell. Daniel Levy believes it will be – at least for now.