Spurs boss has a long list of admirers

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Spurs legend Phil Beal has spoken of his admiration for the 'tremendous' job Harry Redknapp has done since taking over at White Hart Lane.

One of the top 10 appearance makers in the club's history, Beal played 420 times for Spurs between 1963-75, and recalls coming up against Redknapp on a number of occasions during his playing career.

"I played against Harry lots of times when he was at West Ham; he was a real flying winger in those days," he recalled. "I always had a good rapport with him and got to know him better when we were both at Oxford City.

"Bobby Moore was the manager there and he asked me to play for them while Harry came back from the States to do a bit of coaching."

That coaching paid dividends and formed the start of a long career in football management that began in 1983 with Bournemouth. After spells with West Ham, Portsmouth (twice) and Southampton, Redknapp arrived in North London in October 2008 following the sacking of Juande Ramos.


With Spurs bottom of the Barclays Premier League table with just two points from their opening eight games, he made an immediate impact, lifting Spurs out of the relegation zone within his first two weeks.

He helped them to an eighth place finish in the same year they also reached the League Cup final, losing out on penalties to Manchester United.

The following season, Redknapp guided the club to its highest Premier League finish to date, ending the season in fourth place with 70points and qualifying for the Champions League.

His efforts were recognised when he was rewarded with the Premier League Manager of the Year accolade – becoming only the second manager to do so in a season when his side did not win the title.

"He's done a tremendous job; you've only got to look at where we were - staring relegation in the face - when he came and the next thing we're in the Champions League," concluded Beal.

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