Harry Redknapp Leaves Tottenham; Martinez, Moyes Tipped as Possible Successors

Will TideySenior Manager, GlobalJune 14, 2012

BOLTON, ENGLAND - MAY 02:  Tottenham Hotspur Manager Harry Redknapp looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at the Reebok Stadium on May 2, 2012 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Harry Redknapp's Tottenham reign is over.

Redknapp has left Spurs after failing to agree on a new one-year deal at the club—prompting speculation that Tottenham's owners decided he is not the man to take them forward.

Spurs chairman Dan Levy said, as per Rob Beasley of The Sun:

This is not a decision the board and I have taken lightly.

Harry arrived at the club at a time when his experience and approach was exactly what was needed.

This decision in no way detracts from the excellent work Harry has done during his time with the club and I should like to thank him for his achievements and contribution.

Harry will always be welcome at the Lane.

The 65-year-old Redknapp arrived at White Hart Lane in October 2008.

His most notable achievement was qualifying Spurs for their first Champions League campaign in 2010, which saw them exceed expectations to reach the quarterfinals.

Last season Spurs looked on course to qualify for a second time, but Redknapp's team fell away from a position as title contenders to finish outside of the top four.

They could still have qualified, however, but for Chelsea's triumph in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

Some suggested Spurs' end-of-season slump was partly due to the inescapable rumours linking Redknapp to the England job.

After Fabio Capello resigned in March, Redknapp was quickly installed as the favorite to replace him and lead England into Euro 2012 and beyond.

We have since learned he would have taken the job.

But it wasn't to be. Roy Hodgson got the FA nod, and Redknapp was left to consider his future at Spurs.

As it turns out, there will be no future.

Here's what Redknapp said of his departure, as per The Sun:

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Spurs and am proud of my achievements.

I have had a fantastic four years with the club, at times the football has been breathtaking.

I am sad to be leaving but wish to thank the players, staff and fans for their terrific support during my time there.

Thoughts now turn to who Spurs will approach to replace him.

Everton manager David Moyes has already been mentioned, as has Wigan's Roberto Martinez.

Spurs will likely try to make a decision quickly, so as to give the new man time to act in the transfer market and shape his squad for the new season.