Tottenham Hotspur: Prepare for the Continued Wave of Harry Redknapp's Excuses

Ryan LynchCorrespondent IIMay 7, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08:   Manager Harry Redknapp of Tottenham Hotspur attends a pre match press conference at White Hart Lane on March 8, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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The English Premier League season is edging closer and closer to its close, following another big day of results for teams around the country. The relegation battle at the bottom of the table continues to rage, but the competition for the fourth UEFA Champions League place has been just as—if not more—intense this season.

Tottenham Hotspur, however, seem to have completely forgotten that intensity.

The stats read for an extremely somber picture for Spurs supporters, who certainly won't need reminding of the state of their team since February. In all competitions, the team have only managed one win in 12 attempts since a 1-0 win against AC Milan.

It's hardly suggestive of a team hoping to earn qualification for the Champions League, to say the least.

At this point, though, the only thing which can be as expected as their failure to finish in the top four of the Premier League is manager Harry Redknapp's unending wave of excuses that will be in the media over the coming weeks.

We have also started to see the beginnings of his efforts to place Tottenham's failure firmly on the shoulders of everyone but himself.

In his comments to the media yesterday, Redknapp took aim at the Europa Cup as being a distraction from the domestic league, and one he almost seems to dread.

Along with those comments, however, he complained about the spending power of the other teams competing for Champions League qualification, and explicitly referenced his need to "juggle around the squad."

Those comments were added to today, with Redknapp stating he wants to bring in "two or three top-quality players."

These types of comments are the quintessential Harry Redknapp.

I don't think any Spurs supporter or neutral would disagree that the team are badly in need of new defensive reinforcements. The major concern, however, is that this is exactly where Redknapp's complaining begins, as he searches for excuses for his team's failure this season.

Sometimes, it will be poor refereeing or the need for goal-line technology. These complaints aren't that different from what we see from other Premier League managers, really.

The difference, however, comes with Redknapp's inevitable complaints that it is squad problems that lead to his failure to meet expectations.

How do I know this, you wonder? Quite simply, because he's been doing this for years.

Depth is blamed for a failure to meet expectations, despite tens of millions of pounds in spending. Sometimes, it's activity and decisions from staff above

And in the end, supporters are always left to find Redknapp refusing to "own-up" and accept the blame himself.

Happy to pat himself on the back for the fine work that he does, but also quick to claim a miracle is necessary to earn Champions League football despite having what might be the best midfield in England.

I've already seen some Spurs supporters on boards across the internet bemoaning the team's failure to compete against "lesser sides," namely those at the bottom half of the table. I would strongly suggest, however, that none other than Harry Redknapp be more seriously scrutinized for those failures rather than some innate disinterest in playing "lesser" sides.

It's been this way with his teams for years.

Spurs supporters should prepare themselves for the wave of excuses that will follow tonight's draw against Blackpool, as well as how Redknapp—and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy—will react during the summer period, particularly as the former calls for the latter to stump up the cash.


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