Tottenham Hotspur are in crisis after sacking Juande Ramos, Damien Comolli, and Gus Poyet just hours before a crucial match against Bolton.
Spurs appointed Portsmouth's Harry Redknapp as a successor. Portsmouth have been given excessive compensation, and Redknapp will be in charge at White Hart Lane tomorrow ahead of their match with Bolton.
A dramatic night began when Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy (pictured) and the board decided the rot could continue no longer and sacked their manager, their assistant manager, a coach, and their director of football in an incredible night.
Fans felt a disastrous situation needed to be addressed but couldn't have predicted such an emphatic response from Levy, who has been criticized heavily following a catalogue of horrific decisions that has seen Spurs pick up two points after eight domestic games so far this season.
In an interview on Sky Sports News just after midnight, new manager Harry Redknapp said: "This is probably my last chance to manage a big club before I retire." Portsmouth fans where left devastated after Harry's shock departure just hours before their game against Fulham.
Redknapp received a phone call from the Tottenham hierarchy requesting permission to speak to him whilst he was in Portugal. Redknapp's fond memories of the London club made the opportunity too good to turn down. Portsmouth have received a £5 million compensation package for having to release Redknapp before his contract expires, which should go a long way to clearing up their recent debts.
The initial official statement read on the Tottenham website,
"The Club can announce that Damien Comolli, Sporting Director, Juande Ramos, Head Coach and First Team Coaches, Marcos Alvarez and Gus Poyet, have left the Club, with immediate effect. We wish them well."
The saga will no doubt cloud what is probably one of Tottenham's biggest games so far this season. Ex-Tottenham player Jason Cundy has called the move by the board "ridiculous," stating their timing of action will only hinder any chances of the squad concentrating on picking up three points tomorrow at White Hart Lane.
Is this new development the right decision? Should Levy have gone with them? Can Redknapp turn around Tottenham's bad run? The saga continues.