Harry Redknapp was sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur last night following days of intense speculation, but does not believe Champions League football would have saved his job.
The White Hart Lane club are now reported to be targeting Everton boss David Moyes as a replacement after a compensation package was worked out between Redknapp’s representatives and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
“This is not a decision the Board and I have taken lightly. Harry arrived at the Club at a time when his experience and approach was exactly what was needed,” Levy told the club’s official website.
“This decision in no way detracts from the excellent work Harry has done during his time with the Club and I should like to thank him for his achievements and contribution. Harry will always be welcome at the Lane.”
Redknapp still had 12 months left on his contract at the club and this week strenuously denied he would resign.
Reports in the press are citing the failure to secure Champions League football this year as the key factor in Levy’s decision – Spurs would have been 13 points clear of rivals Arsenal in late February has they held on to a 2-0 lead at Emirates Stadium.
A spectacular collapse followed, with Arsenal winning 5-2 and eventually finishing above them in third to secure automatic Champions League qualification.
However, Redknapp told BBC Sport that he believed his time would have been up at the club even if he had taken the club into next year’s competition.
“What happened is that I met with the chairman and the club decided to go in a different direction,” he told reporters today.
“It was nothing to do with contracts or me asking for anything. I had a year left and that was fine. The club decided to have a change. It is a decision the chairman decided to make.
“It is disappointing in some ways. The people who own the club make their decisions. I don’t hold grudges.”
Redknapp’s dismissal means a second high-profile manager search this summer after Brendan Rodgers was named successor to Kenny Dalglish, who was also sacked.
As well has Moyes being tipped as a target, Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has been suggested as another person Levy is interested in talking to.