Harry Redknapp: Why Getting the Sack Now Is the Worst Possible Outcome

Nathan JudahCorrespondent IJune 14, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Fulham manager Martin Jol and Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp greet each other ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham at White Hart Lane on May 13, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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It may have come as a shock to many when they woke up this morning to the news (via USA Today) that Harry Redknapp has parted ways with Spurs.

But to those close to the 65-year-old, this move has been coming for some time.

In fact, the only surprising aspect to the whole affair is the timing of the announcement.

With Liverpool and Chelsea announcing new head coaches in Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Di Matteo, respectively, Redknapp’s next port of call is a bit of a head-scratcher.

If Daniel Levy and Redknapp did have the healthy relationship they constantly proclaimed before everything turned sour, surely the correct move would have been to announce the termination a few weeks prior to today?

By Redknapp’s own admission, he is not ready to retire just yet (via Scotsman.com), so surely he should have been released from his contract with both the Chelsea and Liverpool jobs still available?

Football can change very quickly. Just two months ago, he was the hot favorite for the England job at as short as 1/4—he didn’t even get an interview.

Spurs were 10 points ahead of arch-rivals Arsenal, sitting pretty in third with guaranteed Champions League football before a terrible late run of results pushed them into fourth.

And to top it all off, Chelsea, who finished a lowly sixth, went on to win the Champions League and take Spurs’ coveted spot away from them in the cruelest of all fashions.

This is certainly not a hard-luck story—Redknapp made some poor tactical decisions during the closing stages of the season that ultimately cost Spurs their highest ever top-flight finish.

Now he has paid the ultimate price and is in limbo as a free agent.

Of course, there will be plenty more managerial opportunities for the East Londoner, should he want them.

With David Moyes the hot favorite to take over at White Hart Lane, there may even be an opening at Goodison Park.

But whether Bill Kenright would be interested in Redknapp or vice versa is another question entirely.

If he chooses to bide his time, he may well take a one-year sabbatical—especially after a roller coaster season that saw him cleared of tax fraud during an emotional three weeks earlier this year.

He could go to Qatar and make treble the money he could back in England until something better arises back home.

Italy could be another potential destination, too, but somehow you do see “Arry” as born and bred English, and whether he will do as well abroad is very much open to debate.

One thing is for certain—Harry Redknapp faces a very uncertain future.