Harry Redknapp has responded angrily to claims that speculation linking him with the vacant England managerial job has had a direct impact on Tottenham’s recent stuttering form.
Spurs have failed to pick up a win in their last four games, form that has allowed Arsenal jump up to third above them in the league table and also opened the door to Chelsea who currently sit five points behind them in fifth.
Since Fabio Capello resigned from his post in February Spurs have won just one league game, and were forced into a replay in the F.A Cup against Stevenage.
Redknapp, the overriding favourite to become the next England boss, described the speculation as ‘absolute nonsense’ before claiming his players are not bothered by who their manager will be next season.
"Absolute nonsense. That is the biggest load of nonsense I have ever heard in my life," he told reporters. "They don't care whether I'm the manager next year. They wouldn't lose any sleep over that. That's football.
"Footballers play the game, they come in every day and train. Someone else walks in here tomorrow – the king is dead long live the king! They don't worry. They don't think 'Harry is going to England' or 'he is going to go somewhere else'.
He added: "I have been around football all my life and it doesn't happen. It never enters my mind. I don't think: 'Oh, what's going to happen to me at the end of the season?' Whatever happens to me, happens. I don't lose any sleep over it, whether I'm here, somewhere else or nowhere. That's life."
Spurs face a potentially make or break game against Chelsea on Saturday, where a defeat would seriously damage their hopes of securing Champions League football for next season.
Having seen a ten point advantage over Arsenal disappear in just four games, Redknapp is adamant his side have not lost their spark, and remains confident he can guide Spurs to their first league win at Stamford Bridge since 1990.
"It has not affected our confidence at all, not in any way, shape or form," he said.
"The players don't sit in there and think 'We have to make the Champions League'. They want to play well in every game. They will come out and train this morning and be as bright as they could be.
"There are nine games to go, a lot of points to play for and there will be lots of twists and turns between now and the end of the season."