Alan Shearer says manager who Spurs sacked years ago was truly 'unbelievable'
Harry Redknapp, who managed Tottenham Hotspur between 2008 and 2012, has been described by Alan Shearer as an “unbelievable” manager.
Redknapp took the Spurs reins in 2008 and got the club into the Champions League during his tenure, famously reaching the quarter-finals in 2010-11.
The 74-year-old was sacked at the end of the 2011-12 season – he had a year left on his contract but, according to BBC Sport, he failed to agree a new deal with chairman Daniel Levy.
“Redknapp still has a right to feel harshly done by after bringing back some of the most exciting times in White Hart Lane’s recent history,” BBC’s Phil McNulty wrote at the time.
Prior to taking the Tottenham reins, Redknapp was at Portsmouth, where he helped them win the FA Cup and, a few years earlier, conjured up a Premier League survival story for the ages.
BBC’s latest Match of the Day Top 10 podcast saw Shearer, Micah Richards and Gary Lineker discuss the best great escapes in Premier League history.
Portsmouth’s class of 2006 made the cut, and Shearer said: “If you need a job doing, then Redknapp’s the man, isn’t he? He was unbelievable.
“You can speak to all sorts of players who have worked with him and all have different stories about him and how good he was.
“He was the guy for the man-management, and looking at players and knowing how to get the best out of them.
“I don’t want to do him a disservice because he did have huge coaching ability, but that was a big part of it.”