QPR boss Redknapp still in dark over Tottenham sacking

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says he's never been given a reason for his sacking by Tottenham. Redknapp faces his former club this weekend.
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QPR boss Harry Redknapp says he's never been given a reason for his sacking by Tottenham.

Redknapp faces his former club this weekend.

“Nobody has ever told me why Tottenham let me go,” said Redknapp. “I know the reason, but I don’t want to repeat it. Whether it was the chairman Daniel Levy or whoever, they made the decision and we live with it.

“I didn’t 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 you’ve got cancer, then you’ve got something to worry about, but I had a great time at Tottenham and life goes on.

“Of course it surprised me – I didn’t 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.

“If Chelsea hadn’t won the ­Champions 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 – I’ve seen some bad goalkeeping performances but that takes some beating. Dear, oh Lord.

“Would I still be there if we had finished third in 2012? I don’t know, but one minute I have two jobs – the Tottenham job and the England job – and the next I haven’t got a job at all. Quite amazing, wasn’t it?

“Everyone said I took my eye off the ball at Tottenham because of all the talk about the England job, but that wasn’t the case at all. I had an awful lot going on in my life in those few months, so it was a difficult time.

“I don’t 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?

“I was disappointed, obviously, but I thought, ‘If I have to play golf every day for the rest of my life, that’s what I’ll do’... but then I did my knee and I couldn’t play golf either. It put the finishing touch to a bad year.”

 
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