'Appy 'Arry Begins Tottenham's Long Road To Recovery

Matt MattersonContributor INovember 1, 2008

Tottenham were never a bad team, despite the dismal way they started this season.  Nor were they a brilliant team when they beat Chelsea to lift the League Cup in February.

So it isn't a huge surprise to see them pick up seven points out of nine under Harry Redknapp, including two very impressive results against 'big four' teams.  New managers generally enjoy a honeymoon period at clubs, where the sense of a new start lifts the mood of the camp and players are desperate to impress the new gaffer.

Spurs have now rejected the European management structure in favour of a return to a traditional English system, and a traditional English manager.  What will be more interesting than early results will be the long term effect of Redknapp's appointment. 

The ever popular Redknapp finally has a chance to get his hands on a club with the money and potential to seriously rock the Premiership boat.  Those who dismissed his candidacy for the England job on the basis of his lack of top-end experience will now be proved right or wrong over the coming months and years.

The signs point to the fact that the English players at least are more than happy to work under Harry.  Ledley King could hardly contain his grin as he quipped that Redknapp was the first English manager he'd had for "while". 

Redknapp is widely regarded as an excellent man-manager who earns his corn on a Saturday afternoon in the dressing room, and Spurs have definitely looked like new men this past week with two remarkable comebacks under their belts.

Come January we may well see Harry display his legendary wheeler-dealer skills, and by the end of the season it may just be possible to gauge Spurs' progress under Redknapp.

The players should enjoy working under Harry, that is unless they lose control of the ball on the training ground.... http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=4MrWS0bZqsY