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Tottenham boss Redknapp: Fans would love fourth-place play-off

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has welcomed the proposes fourth-place playoff for Premiership clubs.

In his column for The Sun, Redknapp wrote: "So many people have poured ridicule on the idea already - but I'd like to remind those folk that when the Football League play-off system was first introduced, I cannot remember too many backing it.

"Most of us were against the change because we don't like the idea of upsetting something we're all comfortable with.

"But look at the leagues in this country now.

"The play-offs are an established part of it and it seems impossible to see football being played without that system in place.

"When the play-offs were first introduced, it was a fair way of reducing the number of teams in the top division and they were only supposed to last for a couple of seasons before they were ditched.

"But they were such a huge success that if anyone wanted to scrap them, they would probably get lynched by fans who love the idea of their team being in with a shout right until the final whistle of the season."

But Redknapp did also admit: "I must say though, that I DO have a few reservations about the Champions League play-off idea.

"Don't forget it is called the Champions League - but there are more non-champions in it than teams who won the top league in their respective countries.

"It is no longer a league for purists, as how many times has a non-champion club actually won the Champions League?

"What does give me a bit of unease is, does the team who finish seventh in the Premier League deserve to be in the Champions League?"

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