Spurs boss reflects on 100 league games in the hotseat
HARRY Redknapp admits that he has exceeded all of his wildest dreams at Tottenham, after taking charge of his 100th Spurs league game last night.
The 64-year-old took over a team who were bottom of the Premier League in October 2008, but has overseen a meteoric rise which saw the Lilywhites taking on Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last week.
“It has gone quicker than I expected. It’s scary,” said the Tottenham manager. “When I arrived I wouldn’t have expected to have achieved what I have with this club, no way. The players have been fantastic for me.
“As a club, we’ve moved on over the last couple of years. We’ve been up there now in that top four, top five. The point gap between us and Arsenal has now closed. It went from being a massive gap – 15 points in 2009 – to just five last season.
“Every year, Arsenal had Champions League football. Now we have to make sure we are in there challenging every year for it. And there’s no reason we can’t do that.
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“The profile of Spurs has gone through the roof this year. All over the world now, people know who we are. I’ve got friends over in America and they’ve watched all the games there.
“Wherever we go, you’re more famous now in Italy because you’ve been there with Inter Milan and AC Milan.
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“People know more about Tottenham now. The Champions League is another level and we’ve been in it this year and gone to the last eight.”
Redknapp’s reputation has also grown, sparking rumours of interest from Chelsea as Blues owner Roman Abramovich considers the future of Carlo Ancelotti.
However, the Lilywhites supremo has shrugged off the speculation surrounding his future, insisting that he is committed to his ongoing mission at White Hart Lane.
“I don’t take a lot of notice, I just get on with it. It’s speculation,” said Redknapp.
“I’ve got a job to do here. I love it here and I’m happy here. I keep saying, this club isn’t that far away – if they want to push on – from winning the title.”