Why Would Harry Redknapp Go to Tottenham?

Barney CorkhillSenior Writer IOctober 26, 2008

As the breaking news unfolded yesterday that Juande Ramos, Gus Poyet, Marcos Alvarez, and Damien Comolli had all been sacked by Tottenham, I was wondering whether it was all too soon. Perhaps chairman Daniel Levy had panicked and acted too hastily.

It was only eight games into the season, and Ramos had already shown he could do his job well, after taking them to success in the Carling Cup last season.

Mind you, something needed to be done, and quickly. It has been downhill since the Carling Cup final, and it has gotten to the point where Tottenham were starting to fall adrift at the wrong end of the table.

So, a year to the day after they sacked Martin Jol, Tottenham axed another manager.

Now, this surprised me, especially coming the night before a game, but it wasn't like it shocked me to my core. What came closer to doing that, however, was the news that Harry Redknapp had been appointed manager just hours afterwards.

First, I wondered how they could have done it so quickly. Obviously they had been in talks with Redknapp in the days leading up to the sacking, not telling Ramos and company that they were soon to get the boot.

Then, I wondered why. It's clear why Tottenham wanted Redknapp. He is one of the best managers in the country, and if they wanted a good old fashioned English set up after the unsuccessful continental one, then Harry Redknapp is the best man to lead that.

But why would Redknapp want Tottenham?

He was managing a strong Portsmouth side who were consistently improving and who, with the likes of Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch up front, looked to have a promising season ahead of them.

He had built a team mixed with experience and youth, getting the best out of oldies such as David James and Sol Campbell.

The previous season he had won the FA Cup and got into Europe.

Then, when Redknapp explained why, it left me feeling even more confused. He said that he felt it was his last chance to manage a big club.

Well, in my opinion, Portsmouth are a bigger club than Tottenham now. Sure, Spurs have a greater history, bt while that is important, what is most important is the present, and, at the moment, Portsmouth are bigger than Tottenham.

He refused the Newcastle job earlier in the season, so it couldn't have been that he felt he had taken Portsmouth as far as he could.

I'm still startled by the speed in which it all happened, and the manner of it. I expected Redknapp to stay at Fratton Park for a while longer. I thought he had learnt the value of loyalty to Portsmouth after leaving them and coming back following a stint with archrivals Southampton.

He got off to a winning start as Tottenham manager, but one thing is for certain, the Pompey fans aren't likely to forgive "Judas" for a second time.