Spurs defender opens up on Redknapp and Pochettino ahead of QPR clash
PUBLISHED: 12:17 22 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:17 22 August 2014
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Danny Rose has encouraged Tottenham fans to give Harry Redknapp a warm welcome when the QPR boss returns to White Hart Lane for the first time since his sacking this weekend.
Over the course of nearly four years in north London, the 67-year-old transformed Spurs from relegation candidates to regular Champions League contenders.
It was the most successful period of Spurs’ recent history but Redknapp was shown the door in June 2012 after a promising season tailed off amid widespread links to the England hotseat.
Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood have come and gone since then, with Redknapp still the only man to have led Spurs into the Champions League.
It is that success which makes Rose confident that the sometimes divisive, always outspoken manager will get a decent welcome when he brings QPR to White Hart Lane on Sunday.
“He was one of the most successful managers the club has had, with him getting the club into the Champions League, so he should get a good reception,” said the left-back.
“In terms of the football he had the team playing, he got the best out of Luka Modric, the best out of Gareth Bale, and lot of players, so I think he should get a warm welcome.
“QPR lost against Hull on the opening day of the season but we know it will be a difficult game.
“With an old manager coming back, they will be looking to get three points. It will be a very hard game but games at home we should be looking to get three points.”
Victory against QPR would continue a fine start to life at the helm for Mauricio Pochettino.
Coaxed to White Hart Lane after an impressive 18 months at Southampton, the QPR match will be the former Argentina defender’s first competitive match at White Hart Lane and comes fresh from leading Spurs to back-to-back victories at West Ham and AEL Limassol.
“I spoke to Jack Cork at Southampton before I met the manager and he had nothing but nice things to say about him,” Rose said.
“It is hard work but I am enjoying working under him. He is like one of the lads, having a laugh, but everyone knows that as soon as training starts he is very serious.
“All he demands is hard work and that is exactly what he has got form everyone throughout pre-season.”