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Harry Redknapp’s Shock Spurs Exit

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Harry Redknapp was the odds on favourite for a long period of time to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager. The FA chose Roy Hodgson, and it seemed that ‘Arry would be at White Hart Lane come the start of the 2012-13 season. So what has gone wrong for him?

Redknapp will be the first to say luck was most definitely not on Tottenham‘s side at the end of last season’s campaign, as they finished 4th and would almost certainly have been in contention to qualify for Champions League football the following season. That is, of course, if it was not for the newly appointed permanent Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, and his team’s famous Champions League victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

Redknapp has previously stated that his relationship with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has never been an issue, and earlier dismissed claims that he had resigned, a rumour which had fast gained momentum on social networking sites such as Twitter.

For much of last season Tottenham were in the top three, with them at one point being regarded as serious title contenders, however towards the latter stages of the campaign there was a noticeable dip in form as they lost 2-1 to Norwich at White Hart Lane, and failed to win a single game in the Premier League in March. A lot of this lead to speculation about Redknapp being sidetracked with talk of him becoming England manager; rumours which he thoroughly denied any truth in.

After the appointment of Hodgson, Redknapp was quick to congratulate his fellow countryman and state quite clearly that he intended to get back to working with Spurs, despite only having another year left on his contract, an issue which was raised by himself in an interview with Sky, which you can watch here: http://bcove.me/4c43rds2  (all rights reserved to Sky)

There is a good, if not exceptional, argument for Redknapp to have been offered a new contract by Levy, after taking the position left by Juande Ramos, and a team that was in disarray. This clearly is not a decision which is entirely football based, and Levy may live to regret his handling of this situation as he searches for a man to succeed the former Portsmouth manager.

Player power cannot be underestimated in the modern game, and the transfer speculation that have surrounded the likes of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale will not have helped defuse the situation around Redknapp’s managerial position. Levy infamously took a stubborn approach to any bids for Modric last summer, most notably one believed to be in the region of £40-50m from Chelsea.

Chelsea, it seems, are becoming a thorn in Tottenham’s business both off and on the field.

Whilst Chelsea have their man in Roberto Di Matteo (finally), Tottenham have issued a statement to tell Spurs fans this simple message: Harry’s gone.

Even without the announcement having been made yet, bookmakers have already began putting odds on the next man to take up the Spurs hotseat next season, with David Moyes the frontrunner at this early stage.

David Moyes

Moyes the man? The Scot has been heavily linked with a move to North London

Here’s a look at who the bookmakers believe could be Harry’s potential successor:

  • David Moyes, Everton manager, with Premier League experience in abundance
  • Roberto Martinez, the Wigan boss who was very heavily linked with Liverpool before the appointment of Brendan Rodgers
  • Andre Villas-Boas, an outsider but could welcome a second chance at Premier League success
  • Rafa Benitez, an experienced manager but has been out of work for a year and a half after being sacked by Inter
  • Jose Mourinho, ‘The Special One’
  • Fabio Capello, a contender who would be met with mixed reactions by the White Hart Lane faithful
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Malcom would add another dimension to Tottenham’s attack

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After an impressive 2017/18 campaign, Tottenham are already beginning to plan for 2018/19 and are keen to make a statement in their first season in a new look White Hart Lane. One way they may do so is with the addition of Girondins Bordeaux forward Malcom.

Sky Bet currently list Tottenham at 7/2 to sign the Brazilian, just behind favourites Manchester United in the running at 3/1, and such an acquisition would bring an exciting new element to Mauricio Pochettino‘s attacking set-up.

Predominantly playing on the right wing, Malcom may offer more width than many of the options within the Tottenham squad, but much like Heung-Min Son and Erik Lamela, he likes to dribble on the ball and cut inside, offering a direct threat rather than looking to cross into others.

The 21-year-old scored 12 goals in 35 Ligue Un games for Bordeaux this season and whilst not exactly prolific, would help to add goals to the Lilywhites’ midfield and reduce the reliance on Harry Kane.

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He also has some similarities to the likes of Christian Eriksen as a superb set piece taker who likes to shoot from distance, helping to add another dimension as Tottenham look to break down more defensive sides who sit deep in hope of frustrating them.

With huge potential to develop even further, Malcom may not come cheaply but would represent an interesting project for Pochettino to get even more out of him. Whilst he bares many similarities to Erik Lamela when he arrived in north London, if he can avoid injury he could go on to become the player Spurs had hoped to see Lamela become.

His pace and threat would add a much needed option into the Spurs attack, complimenting the playmakers like Eriksen, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura and supporting the goalgetter Harry Kane. Strength in depth is key in Tottenham’s quest for silverware and Malcom would be a step in the right direction to achieving it.

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Adrien Rabiot is perfect replacement for Mousa Dembele at Tottenham

The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Tottenham in the past and Dembele could be departing.

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Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a move for French international midfielder Adrien Rabiot this summer. It is an interest which stems as far back as the summer of 2015, as reported by The Telegraph.

Since then he has established himself as a key member of the Paris Saint-Germain team, despite the continued massive investment in the PSG first-team.

Rabiot is, however, right to consider his future at PSG, considering the constant change in the French capital.

As for Tottenham, Rabiot would be a perfect signature this summer. Spurs have done business with PSG before, bringing in Serge Aurier last summer, although the midfielder is likely to be a far more difficult target compared to the Ivorian.

Spurs need to bring in a midfielder this summer and they may also be on the verge of losing one of their key men. Mousa Dembele has just one year left on his contract at Spurs and it has been reported that he may not sign a new deal to remain at Spurs, with interest in his services from China – as reported by the Independent last month.

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Tottenham could not find a better replacement for Dembele than Rabiot. Whilst the Belgian, for many fans, will be an irreplaceable cult hero Rabiot has the ability to come close.

The pair have many similarities. Both, at times, are impossible to dispossess with excellent dribbling ability and surprising strength. Controlling influences in the heart of midfield who thrive with the ball at their fee, Rabiot would slot into Dembele’s role with relative ease. The duo are even both left-footed, allowing the same balance in Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield.

Of course, in an ideal world, Tottenham would have both players in their midfield arsenal. But if Dembele does decide it is time to move on, then there are not many better replacements in the world game than Rabiot.

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Tottenham Hotspur news round-up: Everton in for Rose, Italian’s want Griffiths and Pochettino clause

A round-up of the current key stories at Tottenham Hotspur.

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Rose to Everton?

Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose has a new suitor in the hunt for his signature next season, with Everton keen on his signing.

It seems as though Rose could be on his way out of North London this summer. It is known the Leeds-born star has the ambition to move back up North and has been linked with several Premier League clubs.

The Sun now reports that Everton are hoping to bring him in for around £40 million, as other teams such as Manchester United begin to cool their interest.

Spurs are seemingly willing to let Rose go this summer, with Ben Davies now the number one left-back at the club. A replacement will still need to be brought in if Rose is sold, considering the amount of games Spurs can expect to play next season.

But if they can get £40 million for the England international, then selling to Everton makes perfect sense.

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Reo raid

Spurs face more competition in their hope of keeping star talent Reo Griffiths, as Juventus and Roma now join the hunt for his permanent signature.

As reported in The Mirror’s live transfer feed (26/05/18, 19:59) the two Italian giants are part of a growing contingent of suitors for the teenage forward.

Griffiths has scored 34 goals for the Tottenham youth-team this season and is considered one of the hottest talents at the club. Celtic, Barcelona and RB Leipzig have all previously been linked with the player and Spurs are set to offer him a professional contract

Tottenham must do whatever they can to keep Griffiths, as he has all the ability to go on and have an impact in the first-team such as previous academy talent Harry Kane.

No get-out for Poch

Tottenham fans can also rest easy regarding some reports over a clause in Mauricio Pochettino’s new contract.

It had been suggested that the Argentine had a get-out clause in his deal if European giants PSG or Real Madrid came calling.

But Football.London report that the Spurs boss has no such clause in his deal. That news will undoubtedly please Tottenham fans, who want Pochettino to be their manager long into the future.

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