âHarry is brighter and also more tactically astute than people give him credit for â his record tells you that,â Mabbutt told the Daily Express.
âItâs a big opportunity for him to change a few peopleâs perceptions, because the aspirations of Tottenham are much greater than Portsmouth, Southampton or West Ham and he will be under far more scrutiny.
âWhen that extra pressure is put on you, the rewards are far greater. Tottenham is the stage from which he can say, âIâm one of the best managersâ. Everyone knows he is a great character and that has come across in the Spursâ dressing room. But there is more to Harry than that.
âWe were 4-2 down at Arsenal and the heads could have gone down â but we fought back and got a draw.
âThen we were losing against Liverpool but we won.
âThe heads didnât go down once and thatâs because of Harry. There is now a never-say-die attitude. But he also made very important tactical decisions in those games that helped turn the result in our favour.
âHarry has been very positive. Sometimes, when itâs all going against you, you put on another defender for damage limitation. But he has always been positive and risked a thrashing to get a result. Every decision has worked.
âWhatever he does now will be taken on board and will carry far more weight than anything heâs done previously because he is on the big stage at Tottenham.â