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Harry lays down law after Ledley debacle

PUBLISHED: 12:50 15 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:11 07 September 2010

HARRY Redknapp this week laid down the law at Tottenham – on and off the field. The Spurs manager was left fuming by the drunken antics of club captain Ledley King outside a London nightclub just hours after Saturday s 0-0 draw at Everton. Redknapp also r

HARRY Redknapp this week laid down the law at Tottenham - on and off the field.

The Spurs manager was left fuming by the drunken antics of club captain Ledley King outside a London nightclub just hours after Saturday's 0-0 draw at Everton.

Redknapp also revealed he has identified the three players to help the club challenge the traditional top four of the Premier League next season.

And Redknapp (pictured) vowed to bring in an alcohol ban at the club in the wake of King's arrest. "I'll implement a strong rule next season that drinking is a no-no here," said Redknapp, who also confirmed that son Jamie is to join the coaching staff .

"Footballers should not drink. You should not put diesel in a Ferrari. I know it's hard but they are earning big money. They are role models to kids. They should dedicate their lives to playing."

King, 28, has apologised to Redknapp, describing the incident as a "night out with friends" which "went too far". But he is likely to be fined two weeks' wages - about £140,000 - following the alleged incident involving a doorman in Soho.

Redknapp added: "We wouldn't get these problems if the players weren't drinking. There's still too much of a drinking culture in English football.

"At Spurs we do a lot with kids, a lot of them underprivileged. We have to set an example. Too much drinking goes on in this country.

"Too many people are not happy unless they have had a drink. Ledley has let himself down. He's a fantastic boy but he has to learn from it and make sure it never happens again."

Redknapp admitted he is already planning for next season and is in discussions with chairman Daniel Levy regarding new players. "We are short of three quality players to help us close the gap and I know the players I would like," said Redknapp.

"I spoke to the chairman - he knows that. It's not a case of spending - we're going to have to sell one or two to raise some money and be a bit creative in trying to get a couple in."

I understand Redknapp is still interested in January targets Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough, and Sunderland's Keywyne Jones, as well as Glen Johnson (Portsmouth) and Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan).

But the Spurs boss has played down talk this week linking Djibril Cisse and Carlos Tevez with summer moves to the Lane.

Spurs entertain fellow Euro hopefuls Manchester City at the Lane on Saturday and a win would leave the Lilywhites as the main challengers to Fulham and West Ham for the seventh spot.

l Spurs will play Barcelona, Celtic and Cairo's Al-Ahly in the Wembley Cup pre-season tournament on July 24-26.


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