Redknapp faces his former club this weekend.
âNobody has ever told me why Tottenham let me go,â said Redknapp. âI know the reason, but I donât want to repeat it. Whether it was the chairman Daniel Levy or whoever, they made the decision and we live with it.
âI didnât go home, turn the lights off and stay in bed all day. I got up and went to play golf. When you wake up and the doctor says youâve got cancer, then youâve got something to worry about, but I had a great time at Tottenham and life goes on.
âOf course it surprised me â I didnât have an inkling it was coming. Three months earlier, there had been talk of a new three or four-year contract, so it was a big surprise.
âIf Chelsea hadnât won the ÂChampions League that year, we would have qualified again, but we still finished fourth and we should have come third, but the West Brom keeper threw in three goals against Arsenal on the last day of the season â Iâve seen some bad goalkeeping performances but that takes some beating. Dear, oh Lord.
âWould I still be there if we had finished third in 2012? I donât know, but one minute I have two jobs â the Tottenham job and the England job â and the next I havenât got a job at all. Quite amazing, wasnât it?
âEveryone said I took my eye off the ball at Tottenham because of all the talk about the England job, but that wasnât the case at all. I had an awful lot going on in my life in those few months, so it was a difficult time.
âI donât think it really changed me as a person. There are far worse things going on in the world, so losing my job at Tottenham is not the end of the world, is it?
âI was disappointed, obviously, but I thought, âIf I have to play golf every day for the rest of my life, thatâs what Iâll doâ... but then I did my knee and I couldnât play golf either. It put the finishing touch to a bad year.â
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