|Job||English Football Coach|
|Club as Team||Queens Park Rangers|
1996 01 Retrieve
[Quotes on Frank Lampard] I’m telling you now, he [Lampard] will go right to the very top. Right to the very top. ‘Cos he’s got everything that is needed to be a top midfield player. His attitude is first-class. He’s got strength, he can play, he can pass and he can score goals. I couldn’t be more strong in how I feel about him
1999 12 20 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp may well have replied on hearing this Paolo di Canio quote last week] If I was Maradona - and I say this with respect to West Ham - I would not be playing for the club. But, with respect, you’re not Maradona
2000 06 01 Retrieve
[When asked Harry Redknapp last week about rumours linking him to the Nigeria job, he was just a touch sarcastic about the prospects of upping sticks and moving to the country] Yeah, well I spoke to Sandra and she’s always wanted to live in Nigeria. She said it’s amazing that this has come up now, because that was her dream. So we’re looking to sell up, we’re putting the house on the market. I’ve told her, she’d absolutely love it. I’m ready to go!
2000 12 04 Retrieve
[An emotional Harry Redknapp after Australian megastar Hayden Foxe was denied a work permit and, thus, denied the opportunity to play for West Ham] He’s Australian, he’s in the Commonwealth. They fought the war with us. I know that might sound like b**s to you but we let foreign people in who have no allegiance to the country
2003 12 02 Retrieve
[Before the game there will be a minute’s silence for former Southampton manager Ted Bates, who died last week, and Harry Redknapp, the Portsmouth manager, appealed to all fans to respect the tribute] What Ted did at Southampton was phenomenal. He was a lovely, down to earth guy and took them from being obscure and unfashionable in the Third Division to a First Division team who played in Europe. Whoever people support, if they have any knowledge and appreciation of football they will respect that totally.
2010 01 08 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp reveals he almost signed Patrick Vieira last summer but chose not to follow up his interest this month] I was interested in the summer, very interested and he was keen to come to Tottenham at the time. He showed a lot of bottle to want to play at Tottenham after being such a legend at Arsenal. That shows his character to want to take that challenge on. But it didn’t happen because he got back into the squad at Inter Milan and it drifted
This time when he was available I did get some phone calls about the possibility again but we felt we’d moved on a bit from then and we were happy with what we had at the club
He’s a leader, a great character and was a fantastic player at Arsenal. I think any club would want Patrick in their team if he is anywhere near what he was - but only time will tell whether he is. But Mancini knows him well. He’s no fool and he knows whether he is capable or not
2010 11 19 Retrieve
[I won’t shake hands! Nasri ‘will snub’ old foe Gallas as defender returns to the Emirates] The boy’s got the courage to be willing to leave Arsenal and come and play at Tottenham. That tells you something about him. It’s easy to go, ‘Oh no, I can’t do that, I’ll go somewhere else’ but it didn’t bother him.
He said, ‘I played for Arsenal, it was part of my life, I played for Chelsea, now I play for Tottenham’. Patrick Vieira was the same. Vieira wanted to come to Tottenham. He was a legend at Arsenal more than William Gallas
2011 06 11 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp on Luka Modric] I heard some talk yesterday about Luka Modric and they’re saying £20m. £20m for Luka - they’ve got to be dreaming! He’s such a fantastic player. We’ve enquired about players and we’re being quoted more than that for people who couldn’t lace his boots! He’s a great guy, he just gets on with the job, never complains, loves his football. He’s the most low-maintenance player you’d ever wish to see. He’s irreplaceable
2014 03 13 Retrieve
[Tottenham Hotspur Manager Harry Redknapp Salutes Club Legend Bobby Smith] I loved Bobby Smith. He was a proper character, and what a player. I saw him at the Man City game and had a chat with him
[Smith achieved footballing immortality as an integral part of Bill Nicholson’s fabled Double-winning Tottenham team of 1960-61, a season in which he hit the back of the net 33 times] He was a fantastic player, part of that great double winning team. He was a lovely character, a proper case you know, a proper lad, a larger than life character, it’s sad, I’m really sorry. I remember seeing him terrorising goalkeepers in them days of European football. Battering keepers in the back of the neck but not only that, he could play as well, he was a top centre forward and a great character
2015 05 07 Retrieve
[From his book: A Man Walks on to a Pitch, defends the standard of English managers and claims some don’t get the plaudits they deserve] Louis van Gaal couldn’t have done a better job with Hull City than Steve Bruce did last year. Yet did his heroics in the League and FA Cup create even a ripple at Old Trafford? Was Steve, a great competitor and wonderful player for United, even considered for the Manchester United job?
OK, a few times in his career it hasn’t worked out but that would be true of Van Gaal, too, if he had spent his managerial life at clubs like Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town or Hull
I don’t understand why owners suddenly lost faith in British managers. Unless Frank Lampard or John Terry gets the job, do you really see Roman Abramovich appointing an Englishman to Chelsea? Or even a British manager? Maybe Brendan Rodgers might come into the frame, but would he leave Liverpool for Stamford Bridge?
[Paul Scholes is better than Giggs and Keane] Paul Scholes was playing tiki-taka football when nobody in England knew what it was. He was another of those players, like Denis Law or Bobby Moore, who at 15 probably looked as if he wouldn’t make it. Too small, you would think – can’t run, dumpy little ginger nut – but then the ball would come to him and he would dazzle you. He was the best footballer in that Manchester United midfield, better than Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane
[Patrick Vieira’s rivalry with Roy Keane] Gareth Southgate tells a story about those two warriors. Roy had just started his career as a pundit with ITV and was covering a Manchester City match. The presenter told Roy there was a special guest he might remember from his playing days
Gareth could see Vieira walking towards them, in his new role as a City ambassador. Gareth says the change in Keane’s demeanour was terrifying: his mood darkened, his eyes narrowed, he stiffened and his grip on the table was almost white-knuckle. Nearly 10 years after they had last played each other, Roy had gone into battle mode. It looked as if it could backfire horribly, but the first words out of Patrick’s mouth were so complimentary towards Roy it just defused the situation
[Roy Keane the manager] Roy Keane is working in the game at Aston Villa and Ireland, but it seems a real shame to have a man of his stature outside United. Would they have come seventh last season if Keane had been around to pull the players up?
He would have been after them as he always was in the peak years, when there were no short-cuts at United and those messages were passed from Sir Alex, through Keane. There is a story of him laying into Mark Bosnich, the goalkeeper, for turning up late on his first day of training. Bosnich said he’d got lost. Keane’s point was that on his own first day at the club, he got up early, hired a taxi and followed it to the training ground in his car to ensure he arrived on time
I know Roy had a reputation for being high maintenance but I never found him that way. He was as good as gold as a manager and if you asked him about players you always got excellent, straight opinions
[Arsene Wenger: Suddenly all the talk was about his revolutionary new training methods] The arrival of Arsene Wenger in 1996 certainly heralded a change in English football. He was very successful very quickly, and suddenly all the talk was about his revolutionary new training methods. He only trains for an hour … does everything on the stopwatch … the players are wearing heart monitors at training … he gives them supplements … Prozone is one of the biggest changes
Last season, when QPR were due to play Blackpool, our most recent scout’s report had them operating with four at the back and two holding midfield players. In the old days, that would have been all that was available
[If Chelsea ever lose faith in John Terry, I’d take him like a shot] Terry is another influential player. He’s one of those that change a club. If we could take him to QPR from Chelsea I would feel very confident, just with that one signing alone, that we would stay up
He gets people at it, he’s a talker, he takes charge of the dressing-room. It’s hard to find leaders, though I’m lucky enough to have Rio Ferdinand with me. It’s hard to find talkers, organisers. I don’t know why, but it is so hard to find a player prepared to speak his mind
Everyone sits there with headphones, looking at an iPad or playing a computer game. Is it any wonder modern players lack communication skills? Terry is a throwback in the way he bosses a team
The modern Tony Adams – I can’t pay him a higher compliment than that. Some people may think John is a dubious role model, but I would have no hesitation in saying to any of the young academy defenders at QPR: ‘Go and watch Chelsea tonight, go and watch Terry, study him all game’
2015 12 30 Retrieve
[on Sir Alex Ferguson] I’ll tell you why he’s stayed in the game so long - he just loves it so much. It gets in your blood and you take the job home with you. He’s a fantastic character, a top-class manager and a good man
2016 02 16 Retrieve
[on Rio Ferdinand] I tipped him at 16 to be the greatest centre-half in Europe and I think, for a time, that is exactly what he was
2016 02 17 Retrieve
[on Tony Adams] I first saw him aged 16 and I don’t think I have ever seen a player of that age bossing a game in that way. It stayed with me for a long time.Tony was such an influence that he as good as ran every dressing-room he played in, for England and Arsenal
2016 02 18 Retrieve
[on Rio Ferdinand] When he was 15, I knew he was going to be a fantastic defender
2016 03 21 Retrieve
[on Harry Kane] He’s got the lot and he is only going to get better. He can do everything, score a goal, pass it and bring other players in. If every footballer had his attitude a manager’s job would be so much easier. He’s like a Frank Lampard or a Stevie Gerrard, a consummate professional
2016 05 07 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp, Central Coast Mariners’ new football consultant, explaining that he won’t be going to visit the Australian A-League club, while getting their name wrong in the process] No, no, I won’t be going. It’s a long way. It’s the South Coast Mariners. I met the owner, he’s a great guy, an English guy. Peter Storrie’s involved and they’ve got an English coach as well. They asked me if I would do a bit as an advisor
2016 09 17 Retrieve
[Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp says Gareth Bale has what it takes to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or] Bale has everything. He’s great in the air, is strong, can run long distances and has a venomous shot. When Gareth joined Real Madrid, I said he was behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but now all he has to do is claim his place at the top. I think he could win this year if he has a good Champions League
2016 10 10 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp on Tony Adams at 16] I first say him aged 16 and I don’t think I have ever seen a player of that age bossing a game in that way. It stayed with me for a long time
2017 02 10 Retrieve
[on Marc-Vivien Foe] [Foe was] a gentle giant. You could not meet a nicer fella. It’s just come as such a shock
2017 03 10 Retrieve
[Quotes on Frank Lampard] He’s got fantastic drive and determination, far above anybody else I’ve ever met in football. He trains harder than anyone I’ve ever seen by a million miles. I’ve never seen anyone else come close. When he was 15-16, I’d be sitting at 4 o’clock in my office at West Ham. It would be dark and raining and I’d see somebody 200 yards away and thought it was someone who’d climbed over the fence but it was him doing doggies, dribbling between cones, running with the ball, shooting. Every day. Not one day a week, every day
2017 03 11 Retrieve
[Quotes on Frank Lampard] Frank Lampard has been a superb representative of the English game, both as a player on the pitch and an ambassador off it. To reach in excess of 100 international caps is something very few professionals achieve and he is in exalted company. He has served the national team quite brilliantly during his 15-year international career
2019 03 23 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp believes England can reach the summit with their current squad] It’s such an exciting time. [Gareth Southgate] is in for a great ride with these young kids. I just see so much talent there, the future looks amazing. I think we are on course to win a European Championship or World Cup in the next eight years. There is a big competition in this group of England players
2019 06 28 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp says Manchester United and Arsenal are in danger of missing out on top-six finishes in the Premier League next season] I think next season we might see one of the big six dropping out. I’m not sure how strong Arsenal are defensively and, unless they bring some players in, I don’t see where they’re going to be next year, I honestly think Manchester United are the same. Aaron Wan-Bissaka has a big future, but I think they need four, five, maybe even six players. I think they’re miles away. Man United need to bring in good players to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the chance to be successful and, looking at it at the moment, I wouldn’t see them making the top four.
They need to restructure that team, there’s an awful lot of work that needs to be done there to get them challenging for the title again. Someone might creep into that top six next year, it would make a good change, wouldn’t it? I think maybe Everton, they finished strongly last year, and West Ham will be closer this year. West Ham have made a couple of good signings and they could be a team that could certainly get closer. Even Wolves, they had a great season, they’ve got some fantastic players and they could be one of the teams getting in there
2019 07 05 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp claims his nephew Frank Lampard has a ‘special way about him’ and has backed him to succeed as Chelsea’s new permanent head coach] He has a special way about him. He is a very educated boy. He is the best trainer I have seen in all my years of football. I have never seen anyone work so hard on the training ground. I am sure you can ask Jose Mourinho, you can ask Claudio Ranieri, you can ask anybody who worked with him - he trained like nobody you have ever seen. He will expect the same level of effort and commitment from the players at Chelsea. He will demand it. If he gets that, then Chelsea are in for a great time.
[Redknapp recommended the one-time England international for the top job at Pride Park, during a phone call with Rams owner Mel Morris] A year ago, when Derby had lost their manager and I rang Mel Morris (Derby’s owner) and asked him who he was going to give the job to and he said an experienced manager. And I said ‘Mel, you keep picking managers and you are not doing very well at the moment. I said ‘take Frank Lampard’ and he said ‘no, I want experience’, so I said ‘take Frank Lampard! He will be a different class for you, he will bring so much to your football club - he is a special talent’. In the end, he listened and two months later, he is ringing me and saying ‘Harry, I am so glad I listened to you he is amazing
2019 08 08 Retrieve
[His former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says Gareth Bale could get a second chance at Real Madrid despite being outcast by Zinedine Zidane] It’s not been good the way it came out. It came out suddenly he (Bale) wasn’t wanted around the place and he’s not the type of lad that you would treat like that because he’s not a problem. He’s not a lad who’s in the dressing room causing you problems or upsetting the rest of the spirit in the team, he’s not one of them lads, so I don’t know why you would treat Gareth like that. It was a bit strange
Gareth’s a great player and he’s a great lad as well, never been a minute’s problem. I managed him for four years and he’s absolutely low maintenance, not a problem to anybody, gets on with his football, so I’m surprised really the way it’s evolved at Real Madrid, surprised at how Zidane came out and suddenly said he’s not wanted here. It wasn’t the ideal way to deal with it and Gareth’s not going to be pushed into or rushed into going somewhere he doesn’t want to go. He’s at a great club and you know what will happen, probably in a month or two they’ll have a few bad results Real Madrid and they turn and say ‘Come on Gareth we didn’t mean it really and you’re back in the team
2019 09 23 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp says Manchester United are nowhere near good enough] It’s a long way back for Man Utd, the team is nowhere near good enough. You can talk about Ole and you can criticise the managers, but the players he has are what they are. You looked at Man Utd before that game and you thought, ‘what an average looking team’. West Ham looked a better team, that’s where United are, they’re a very average bunch at the moment I’m afraid. The fans are going to have to suffer that unless they go and buy another four or five good players over the next year or two. That’s where they are, they are just not good enough
[Pressed on whether this is the worst United squad of the modern era] It’s got to be. Fergie never had a bad team in all his years in the Premier League. All of his teams were amazing, so yes, this current team probably is. Unfortunately it’s what the manager has inherited. Man Utd have a great tradition; it’s a special football club, one of the great clubs in world football, so players will come. But they haven’t recruited well. The players they’ve got now, they will struggle. I don’t know about making the top four, they could even fall out of the top six if they’re not careful. Leicester and West Ham could push themselves into the top six this year and one of the regulars could fall out
2019 10 03 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp says Mauricio Pochettino will not be walking away from Tottenham] I don’t see him walking away. He’s at a club where everything is in place. Off-field, they’ve got an amazing stadium and incredible training facilities. And he’s got an excellent group of players. At the moment, they’re having a bit of a blip. It’s up to him now to show how good he is, get them back on track and start playing as we all know they can. If he’s a great manager, he’s going to have to do that now.
Everybody keeps saying how fantastic he’s been, and he has, he’s been excellent. But he has to win something this year. You can’t keep going on and on and on, six years or seven years, without winning anything. He needs to win a trophy sooner or later. They’ve got to come up with some silverware this year. They’re already knocked out of one competition, I can’t see them winning the Premier League and I can’t see them winning the Champions League. Maybe winning the FA Cup, or the Europa League if they drop out of the Champions League, are the only options for them
2019 10 14 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp says Tottenham boast a squad to rival Liverpool and Manchester City] They’ve got the best stadium in the country, the best training ground. It’s all in place. They’ve got a great group of players. It’s some squad, if you go through it, I don’t care what anybody says I don’t think there’s a lot between that squad and Liverpool’s and Man City’s squad, I really don’t. You’re as good as your players. Graham Taylor once said ‘your manager is never as good as you think he is and he’s never as bad as you think he is, he’s somewhere in between’ and that is football management.
If you put Pochettino, or you put Pep [Guardiola] or [Jurgen] Klopp and let them go and manage Brighton or manage Norwich or Sheffield United, they’re not going to go and put them in the top six, it doesn’t work that way. It’s about the players. He (Pochettino) has got the good players but at the moment there’s been hiccups - one or two of them are not playing to their real potential or as good as they can.
At the start of the year I really thought Spurs would push Man City and Liverpool a lot, lot closer. Tottenham have got a great team, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son - I thought this could be their year. But it’s been a disappointing start for them for sure and they need to turn it around quickly, but I still think they’ll finish third
2019 10 16 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp believes Liverpool have already wrapped up the Premier League title - just eight games into the new season] I can see them [Liverpool] winning the league this year. Give them the title and give it to them now. I’ve had a big bet and I think the bookmakers should pay me out! If I had one club I’d love to have managed it would have been Liverpool. I loved them
At the start of the year I really thought Spurs would push Man City and Liverpool a lot, lot closer. Tottenham have got a great team, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min - I thought this could be their year. But it’s been a disappointing start for them for sure and they need to turn it around quickly, but I still think they’ll finish third. They’ve got a great group of players. It’s some squad, if you go through it, I don’t care what anybody says I don’t think there’s a lot between that squad and Liverpool’s and Man City’s squad, I really don’t
2019 10 25 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp says Talk of Mauricio Pochettino potentially walking away from Tottenham is absolute rubbish] Absolute rubbish. I think (former England boss) Graham Taylor was the cleverest manager. He said ‘your manager is never as good as you think he is - and he’s never as bad as you think he is. It is somewhere in between’. We all get carried away. He (Pochettino) is an excellent manager, he has fantastic players, they have a beautiful stadium. They are just having a tricky spell
Where [would you make signings]? When I look at the team, they are full of good players everywhere. It is the same group of players - but one or two are not playing as well. Dele Alli, I love him, what a footballer, but he has not been in the same form as he showed, maybe over a year ago. He comes back to form, he is an incredible player. I think they have got the players. They are going through a bad spell but they will come out of that. It wouldn’t surprise me if it started on Sunday [against Liverpool at Anfield]
2019 11 17 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp says Mauricio Pochettino should drop Christian Eriksen from his starting line-up] I don’t see him signing a new contract now. I think he will let it run out and take that option of being a free agent next summer. So if he doesn’t want to stay and has made up his mind to go, I’d be looking to play someone else now. If he doesn’t want to be part of the team, it’s very difficult - you want people who want to play for the club - and it’s time to say right, OK.
[Redknapp added on Eriksen’s recent slump in form] He’s a great player, no doubt. He’s a fantastic footballer, but his form of late has been poor. He’s not in form and wants to leave at the end of the year - he’s stated quite plainly he is keen to go, even though Tottenham must have offered him a new contract
You get to January and see if you can sell him then. But he probably won’t move then because, if he hangs on until the summer and sees his contract out, he’s a free agent. Let’s say his value is £50 million. When he is a free agent he can go to a club and his agent will say his value is £50m if you bought him. Now you are getting him for nothing, so you give him £25m and you will still have a bargain. So somebody will give him a big signing-on fee plus his wages, so he is really going to set himself up for life by hanging on now. He has gone this far. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. But he has to start playing better anyway to get the move he wants
2019 11 18 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp does not expect Arsenal and Manchester United to finish in the Premier League’s top four this season] Tottenham have it all on now to get in the top four this year. The only thing now in their favour is that Arsenal look so poor. Chelsea are doing great, they’re going to be challenging. Leicester are going to be bang in there. But you’re looking at Arsenal - and Manchester United - and wondering if they are going to make it this year. I can see both of those two not making the top four unless there is a big improvement. It’s been a disappointing season so far for Spurs. I really thought they would be close to Manchester City and Liverpool and challenging. It’s difficult. The players haven’t hit the form they did last year. I’m a big fan of the manager and hopefully they can turn it around
[Redknapp believes midfielder Dele Alli could be the key to bringing Spurs back into contention for a top four finish] Dele is striking a bit of form again. He is a key player for me, I’m such a fan of his. They tell me he is a great lad as well. He got badly criticised for his performance [in the 2-1 loss] at Liverpool, but he covered more yards than any other player by so much it was ridiculous, and yet he got criticised for not running or working hard after the game. When you looked at it he had certainly put a shift in. It’s not gone well but I think he’s a good kid and a good trainer. His form has dipped. He hit such high standards a year or two before. If he can get back to that form again then that would be a major boost
2019 11 19 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp slammed Tottenham’s players for massively under-achieving and turning in relegation form to leave Mauricio Pochettino out of a job] I’m surprised but looking at the form, it’s been relegation form over the past 24 or 25 games. That’s where they’ve been from the end of last season into this year. Tottenham not making Champions League this year would be a disaster in Daniel’s eyes. With the money they’ve spent on the stadium and the training ground.
I think they’ve got a fantastic squad of players. They’ve got internationals all over the place - Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura, Son [Heung-min]. They’re massively under-achieving at the minute. They [the board] have had a look and thought we aren’t going anywhere. They’ve pulled the panic button and decided to make the change. The players have got him the sack, they’ve not performed well enough. If they all loved him so much, perhaps they should have done a little bit better for him.
They’ll have someone in mind, they’ll have spoken to somebody. I know how they work. Jose Mourinho, Ancelotti, someone of that ilk. They tried to get Ancelotti when they sacked me. I knew they spoke to him while I was still at the club. They’ll have spoken to somebody. They probably like Brendan Rodgers but they won’t get Brendan. They spoke to Brendan when they got rid of me
They’ve had one Champions League final. If you look back at the run, it [luck] went their way a little bit. They’ve not won a trophy with an incredible squad of players, full of internationals and with possibly the best number nine in the world. They haven’t won anything. Eventually, Daniel and [Spurs owner] Joe Lewis are going to go ‘hang on’ especially this year when it looks like they aren’t going to make the Champions League. These are ruthless businessmen, they’re very, very clever men
[Redknapp then alluded to Pochettino being a one-time target for Manchester United] He was reasonably successful, I like him. I think he’s great. I think he’ll get a big club, there’s no doubt about that. I know his advisers spoke to another club in the Premier League, it looked like it was a done deal. He’ll be in a big job very shortly
2019 11 20 Retrieve
[Madrid? Man Utd? Messi & Argentina? Pochettino has no shortage of suitors following shock replacement by Mourinho. If Harry Redknapp is to be believed, could have happened as early as December 2018] I know he thought he had a big job due last year, I know his advisors spoke to another club and it looked like it was a done deal, apparently, but he didn’t get the job. He’ll be in a big job very shortly
2019 11 20b Retrieve
[Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino could take over at their north London rivals Arsenal] With Pochettino going from Tottenham, there will be one or two Premier League managers waking up this morning thinking, ‘oh my God, this ain’t too clever’. And there will be one or two chairmen very excited this morning thinking if there’s any way they could get him in. What a signing he’d be. There are clubs in London who are having a terrible time. Why shouldn’t he go to Arsenal if he wants to? You think the Arsenal fans wouldn’t love him there?
If you go in there and start winning football matches, they would have taken Saddam Hussein in there when he was about, the fans don’t give a monkey’s! If you start winning every week, they’re singing ‘there’s only one Saddam’. It happens in football - Sol Campbell went from Tottenham to Arsenal, George Graham did it, Terry Neill did it, Pat Jennings, one of our greatest goalkeepers in history, even he made the change. It can happen, as long as you can do the job. I would have thought Arsenal will be looking at Pochettino now thinking, ‘could we? Can we?’
2019 11 20c Retrieve
[Jose Mourinho appointed new Tottenham manager] Pochettino was excellent but the same voice after six years starts to wear a little bit thin. People get used to the same message. But the same players, a new face comes in - he probably hasn’t got to do anything clever or different, just give them a bit to get them going and they’ll find another 10 per cent on Saturday at West Ham. They’ll find a spring in their step knowing their jobs are under threat now (because) Mourinho has got to be ruthless. If he doesn’t like what he sees he’ll bomb them out and bring in people he wants
2019 11 21 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp uses Saddam Hussein to explain why Pochettino should coach at Arsenal] There are clubs in London who are having a terrible time. Why shouldn’t he go to Arsenal if he wants to? You think the Arsenal fans wouldn’t love him there? If you go in there and start winning football matches, they would have taken Saddam Hussein in there when he was about, the fans don’t give a monkeys! If you start winning every week, they’re singing ‘there’s only one Saddam’.
It happens in football - Sol Campbell went from Tottenham to Arsenal, George Graham did it, Terry Neill did it, Pat Jennings, one of our greatest goalkeepers in history, even he made the change. It can happen, as long as you can do the job. I would have thought Arsenal will be looking at Pochettino now thinking, ‘Could we? Can we?’
2019 11 21b Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp says Jose Mourinho has been told to bring Gareth Bale back to Tottenham from Real Madrid] What a signing he’d be for the club. That would really get him onside straight away, the fans would love that. That would be an amazing move for him and would put Mourinho right in their good books
2019 11 21c Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp believes that Tottenham will achieve a top-four finish with Jose Mourinho in charge] I think Mourinho will be successful at Tottenham, Mourinho is a big name. I think his team is good and he has so many good players. That forward line is frightening. I think they will make the top four still. He wasn’t successful at Man United. He was really successful at Chelsea. He had great players at Chelsea. Great characters and leaders. John Terry, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack. They are good players. The thing in his favour now, after having not good enough players at Man United as they didn’t recruit well, is he is walking into a good set of players. He has a good centre-forward, great forwards beyond. [Harry] Kane, Son Heung-min and Dele Alli. He has got a team that is capable of doing something. He has a good team and a real chance
[Redknapp admits it was a huge surprise to see Pochettino relieved of his duties by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy] I was surprised when I heard the news. I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t see them doing it. In the cold light of day, you look at it and you see that Tottenham have spent a fortune on the stadium and the training ground. People say that they have not spent a fortune on the team but I think they have a fantastic squad and that’s my honest opinion. Averaging just over a point or under a point a game for 24 or 25 games is relegation form. That’s how it has been. The owner Joe Lewis and director Daniel Levy will be looking at it and saying we have invested all this money in the stadium and so on so we need Champions League football here. Anything less than Champions League football is going to be a disaster for Tottenham this year.
They can see that they are not going anywhere, not winning games and we don’t look like we will climb the table. Maybe there’s further underlying factors that we haven’t heard. One or two things were going on elsewhere, who knows. They are not going to wait any longer and they have decided on a massive change. Obviously, Mourinho was in place way, way before Pochettino got the sack. Of course he was! He didn’t just appear at 12 midnight. That’s what happens and that’s football. They did well to keep it under the radar but Daniel has that and that’s how he works. They would have someone in mind as a done deal before they sack Pochettino
[Redknapp believes Mourinho will not care about his image in west London] Managers don’t care. Someone told me Pochettino won’t go to Arsenal? If Arsenal comes on the phone next week and offer him a big contract, then he will probably be there like a shot! That’s football. I went from Portsmouth to Southampton. You can’t do worse than that, believe you me
2019 11 22 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp thinks that Chelsea will now be able to attract the best young talent in football after Frank Lampard’s implementation of a youth-first policy at Stamford Bridge] The young kids now in football will think ‘hang on, this is the club to come to. We get the chance here’. That’s important. At some clubs, if you were a great schoolboy player I would say it isn’t worth going there because they never play the kids
Chelsea do, it has changed. If you are a superstar youngster at school level and a lot of clubs including Chelsea want you, then you go to Stamford Bridge because you get a chance here. I think he [Lampard] gives confidence to the young kids coming in. They have got loads of great kids at Chelsea
It has been fantastic. I had no doubts he was going to be a success. He is such a clever boy, he was a great player, he was the best trainer, the best professional I have ever met in my life. I have never seen anyone I worked with come a million miles close to him on the training ground. I worked with some great players but with training, I never saw anyone like him. Every single day, out there practising extra things after training. It was incredible. The players at Chelsea have only got to look at him and see that he is a true legend at the club.
The goals, the way he played and trained. The kids look at him and see that he has done everything. I had no doubts that he would come in and be brilliant. The most important thing as a manager is to have good players and get the best out of them. That’s what he has done. He has gone in and seen the kids. He had Mount and Tomori with him at Derby. He knows them. He knew Tammy Abraham. He knew he was good enough. [Olivier] Giroud can’t get in the team and he still plays for France, the world champions.
Tomori has got pace, he looks a really good player. Frank is not picking players on their reputations. He is picking them on their merits. It is good to see the kids coming through. It is like when Frank came through. I am enjoying it and I think the fans are enjoying it as well. It is fantastic. I follow every result and I like to get there and watch them play when I can
2019 11 23 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp also feels that Mourinho and Gareth Bale could be a perfect match] What a signing he’d be for the club. That would really get him onside straight away, the fans would love that. That would be an amazing move for him and would put Mourinho right in their good books
2020 01 08 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp believes Tottenham’s current poor form is down to issues far deeper than Jose Mourinho could be expected to fix overnight] Tottenham, they’re just going through a funny little, well quite a long spell when you look at it. The last 25 games with Poch in charge the form was for whatever reason, they were going along so well and then suddenly that big run of bad form. And the form at the moment has been up and down too really. Jose has gone in there, we know his record, it’s incredible, but no-one’s got a magic wand and at the moment it seems the team just doesn’t look right. Bad result the other day at Southampton, a couple of iffy performances, lucky to get away with it at Norwich
[Mourinho’s side next host league leaders Liverpool on Saturday] They’ll raise their game for Liverpool at home. They’ll want to break that Liverpool unbeaten run and it’ll be a tight game for sure. You wouldn’t write Tottenham off, they’ve got outstanding players in the team, but at the moment Liverpool really do look different class
[Redknapp was quick to praise Jurgen Klopp’s influence at Liverpool] A lot of it comes from the manager, I’ve never met him but he’s a great character. He’s a been a big plus for English football since he’s got here. Deep down if they don’t win the title this year…for me it’s impossible they don’t win it. They are the best team and they’re well clear. They thoroughly deserve it.
2020 01 10 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp says Enigmatic Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos could set the place alight at Tottenham] I would take him, yeah. I’d have a go [at signing him]. He is right up my street. I’ll have him, I’d love him! He could come and set the place alight, couldn’t he
[While talking up potential cover for Kane in north London] He’s irreplaceable, he’s such a good player, but I’m sure they will find a way. Jose will find a way of trying to play without Harry and maybe even with a false nine. They have done it before, they lost Harry last year and they coped very well. Son’s back in, so they have options without having an out-and-out No.9. They have other ways of playing.
I don’t know where they will find another No.9 who is good enough to come in and play on a short-term for Tottenham, but it’s going to be a tight one. That top four, it’s looking more like Liverpool, Man City, Leicester and the fourth spot is up for grabs
2020 03 03 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp says Harry Kane’s return could propel Spurs to a top-four finish] To have him available for the Euros is going to be very important and, for Tottenham, they’re still looking to get a top-four finish so he could help push them over the line and get where they want to be. It’s going to be tight there. It’s very open. Tottenham have got a good squad of players. I know they’ve got a couple of injuries at the moment but they’ve still got enough good players to really push for that fourth spot. It’s great to see Harry getting fit. He’s a fantastic boy, great professional and a great player
I still think Tottenham have got probably the third-best squad in the Premier League. He’s a top manager, his record shows that. Tottenham’s a top club. A fantastic new stadium, great training ground. I think they’ve got outstanding players. It’s a great job for him. I’m sure he’s looking forward to the next few years being the manager of Tottenham and bringing some trophies to Tottenham. We all loved Poch but he didn’t manage to win anything. Tottenham supporters would be delighted to win anything I would have thought
2020 03 12 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp says Spurs have gone backwards] They’ve got a bit of work to do to get back to where they were a few years ago. The last year or so they have gone backwards quite a way in all honesty - Jose has a big job to do in the summer. He needs some good recruitment, a couple of new players and see where they go next year
I believe Tottenham is not going to be my only club without silverware. I won it at every club and I believe I am going to do it also with Tottenham. I am here for three or four months. I took on the team in a very difficult situation and now it is even more difficult with so many problems we’re having but I believe in me, in the players, in the club and I believe that during my contract I am going to help the club to do it. It’s not me winning, it’s me helping the club and the players to do it
2020 04 01 Retrieve
[Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Harry Kane will be questioning his future at the club] Listen, Harry is an ambitious boy. He’s a fantastic professional, a great lad, and he wants to play and he wants to win things. They [Tottenham] need surgery in the summer, but are they going to be spending any money? Is anyone going to be spending money now in the next year or two and going for big transfers? He’ll be looking at that and thinking ‘hang on’. And what a player he would be for one of those top clubs. I don’t want to see him leave Tottenham and nor do Tottenham fans, but what a centre-forward he would be for Man City for instance with Aguero coming to the end. He’d be a great signing for anybody. He’s a great player and a great professional - hopefully he’ll stay at Tottenham but he won’t stay unless he sees them pushing to win things
2020 04 12 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp expects Premier League managers to take wage cuts and praises players’ coronavirus response] I always felt the players would do it, they just wanted to be sure where the money was going
If you were a manager in the Premier League of course you’d want to give. You’ve got to give because you want to give. You shouldn’t have to wait to be told. Giving comes from the heart. They’ve all got contracts, but I’m sure they’ll all want to cut their wages
Sometimes we do pamper the players a little bit. We say ‘they can’t play this amount of games and whatever’ - they can. They’re fit lads. They’d rather play than train anyway. They’ve all got good squads, I don’t see it being a problem. I’d love to see it finish, because whoever you support - if Liverpool don’t win the league it would be a travesty. They’ve been amazing
2020 04 14 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp says ‘crazy’ offer required to land Spurs star] Harry Kane is a special player, he’s the best centre forward certainly in the Premier League and of his type, I don’t think there’s a better centre forward anywhere. Okay, he’s not [Lionel] Messi, he’s not [Cristiano] Ronaldo, but as a centre-forward that does what he does, there isn’t anyone better. He would be a great fit for Man United, he’d be a great fit for any team … but Man United at the moment are not better than Tottenham. I wouldn’t say there’s much between them, both teams are trying to get into the top four. Whether Real Madrid or Barcelona came in, he might fancy a move like that one day. But at the moment he belongs to Tottenham, and unless Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy decide to will cash in if it’s a crazy offer and rebuild the team with that money, unless Jose says, ‘I’ve got three players here we can sign and build a better team with’, then I’m sure he’ll stay at Tottenham.
2020 04 16 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp thinks Kane would be a good fit at United] Harry Kane is a special player, he’s the best centre forward certainly in the Premier League and of his type I don’t think there’s a better centre forward anywhere.
Okay, he’s not Messi, he’s not Ronaldo, but as a centre-forward that does what he does, there isn’t anyone better. He would be a great fit for Man United, he’d be a great fit for any team […] but Man United at the moment are not better than Tottenham. I wouldn’t say there’s much between them, both teams are trying to get into the top four
2020 04 16b Retrieve
[Kane has been linked with a move to Manchester United but former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes he might prefer a transfer to Real Madrid or Barcelona] He would be a great fit for Man United, he’d be a great fit for any team … but Man United at the moment are not better than Tottenham. I wouldn’t say there’s much between them, both teams are trying to get into the top four. Whether Real Madrid or Barcelona came in, he might fancy a move like that one day
2020 05 10 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp says Tottenham are ‘nowhere near’ as good as they were three years ago] A couple of years ago I looked at them when they had Kyle Walker at right-back, who was absolutely flying, Danny Rose at left-back. You looked at that team, Christian Eriksen was playing, Mousa Dembele [too] they really did look [good]. I thought they were a Premier League-winning team in the next year or two. I look at them now and I don’t see them anywhere near that, to be truthful. They have still got Harry Kane and they have still got good players but they’re nowhere near. They’ve got Dele Alli too but they’re nowhere near where they were - in my opinion - three or four years ago when they should have won something under Mauricio Pochettino.
2020 05 15 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp rejects rumour regarding ‘scary’ Bale & Spurs exit during his reign in north London] Luka Modric was a genius, Gareth Bale was scary. People tell me all the time that I was going to loan him out before he made it big but I don’t know where that came from. I was never going to loan Gareth out. You looked at him and he had everything. What a player
Everything’s done behind closed doors. I was offered the job at Tottenham two years before I took it. Martin Jol was the manager. I said it wasn’t the right time, I didn’t want to take it. The second time, the day I went to meet Daniel Levy I wasn’t going to take it. I was so happy at Portsmouth, loved my time there. But then I spoke to my chief executive at Portsmouth who said we were getting £5m in compensation and the Russian owner was well pleased. It made my mind up for me. Listen, it ain’t rocket science, being a manager. Some would kid you that it is. The most important thing you need to be a great manager is great players. I mean that. I went to Tottenham and they had two points from eight games but my missus could have got Tottenham up the league
2020 05 19 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp has spoken about the role he played in helping Frank Lampard get his start in management] First off I got Frank the job at Ipswich with Marcus Evans. ‘I phoned him, I said: ‘you need a manager, Frank Lampard’s your man’. He met him, loved him, offered him the job. Frank said, ‘Harry, they’ve got no budget, it’s difficult, I can’t bring any players in’. I said it was a great club but you’ve not got a magic wand, you’re going to need a bit of help
[While that opportunity fell through, another job soon opened up at Derby County] I rang [Derby chairman] Mel Morris. He told me he was going to go for an experienced manager, I said: ‘You keep getting managers and getting rid of them, you’ve not been very clever at picking managers. Take Frank Lampard.’
He said he had no experience, but I replied: ‘There’s been lots of great managers who’ve had no experience - look at Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard … He knows the game. He’s a great professional, he understands football, he’ll bring so much to the football club’
The next day he met him in London, they had a meeting at 7 o’clock, half past eight he rung me and said he’d blown him away. I’ve given him the job. And that was it. I had no doubts he’d be a success. He’s a clever, bright lad, his work ethic is incredible, he’s been brought up with the game, he’ll be amazing
2020 05 28 Retrieve
[Former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has debunked speculation linking him to the Nigeria job] Yeah, well I spoke to Sandra and she’s always wanted to live in Nigeria. She said it’s amazing that this has come up now, because that was her dream. So we’re looking to sell up, we’re putting the house on the market. We’re looking to get somewhere over there if possible. I’m sure, she’d love it there. I’ve told her, she’d absolutely love it. I’m ready to go!
[Speaking seriously] I actually went there a few years ago with Portsmouth, we played Manchester United, but I don’t think I’ll really be going back.
2020 05 28b Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp says Tottenham only need a couple more players to challenge for the title] Dele Alli, I love him, I think he’s top drawer. Him and Harry Kane upfront, they’re full of quality, aren’t they? Son is an amazing player. So you’d expect them to push on, the stadium is unbelievable and the training ground is fantastic, so it’s all in place. They just need one or two good acquisitions to the team. Push the boat out, it’s not like they’re short of money. Joe Lewis is one of the richest men in the world and I’m sure that, if he wants to have a crack at it, then there’s no reason why they shouldn’t bring one or two top players in and try for the Premier League title
2020 06 02 Retrieve
[Harry Redknapp admits A move away from Tottenham for Harry Kane remains a possibility] I suppose it’s always a possibility. I’d like to see him stay, but they do need to win something. It’s been a long time and you can only see them winning a cup competition. I really can’t see them challenging at the moment now for the Premier League, they’re not as good as they were two or three years ago, for sure. Two or three years back I thought there was a Premier League title to be won with that team, when they had Walker and [Danny] Rose who were absolutely flying and [Eriksen] was in great form. But they don’t look anywhere near that at the moment to me and I think they’re way behind Liverpool and Manchester City now. But I’m sure there’s a cup competition [they can win]. It’s a difficult one, I’m sure [Kane] loves the club, he’s come through the youth system and it’s his team, but he’s also ambitious and I would think if it doesn’t happen this year he could possibly look to move on. And everybody in the world would want him, he’s a top, top player and a great guy.