Harry Redknapp has parted company with Tottenham Hotspurs just days after denying rumours of resigning from the club.
Redknapp was sacked after only half an hour into a meeting with the chairman of the club, Daniel Levy. The 65-year-old manager was dismissed of his duty after four years in charge of the club.
It is understood that the club wanted Champions League football and Redknapp failed to deliver. But, according to BBC, the former manager believes he would have lost his job regardless.
"I think the same outcome would have happened, the chairman would have gone down the same road...What has happened is that I met with the chairman and the club decided to go in a different direction."
Despite the broken relationship between Levy and Redknapp, the former boss has no hard feelings.
"I have had four fantastic years at Tottenham and have absolutely loved every minute. It couldn't have gone better for me."
But this surprising dismissal may come back to haunt Spurs. They have just sacked the one manager who has taken them to the Champions League.
Tottenham were playing some outstanding football at the start of last season. The football that made fans beg the FA to appoint Redknapp as the new England boss.
Was it right for Spurs to sack Redknapp?
Redknapp has excellent man-management, and he brought in world class players such as Adebayor, Rafael Van der Vaart, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.
Now that he's gone, I would not be surprised to see Modric and Van der Vaart ponder a move away from White Hart Lane.
As for Levy, well he's in to face the backlash if key players leave and Tottenham's new boss does not deliver results early on next season.
I can't see anything but a lost situation here. Harry Redknapp has done wonders for Spurs in four years; why get rid of him now? He is clearly the man to build this team into a title challenging squad.
Spurs made a complete mess of this situation, and the club is going backwards by sacking Harry Redknapp.