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Harry Redknapp reveals how badly he wanted to manage one of Spurs’ ‘Big Six’ rivals

By Ben Green

Published: 16:50, 15 October 2019

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he would have loved to have managed Liverpool during his career.

The 72-year-old took charge of Spurs for four years between 2008 and 2012, guiding the club to a first ever appearance in the Champions League during his second season at the helm.

Has Redknapp managed rival clubs before? Five things to know…

  • Redknapp has not been averse to managing rival clubs during his career.
  • In 2004 he left Portsmouth only to join fierce rivals Southampton a few weeks later.
  • Having failed to keep the Saints in the Premier League, he returned to Portsmouth.
  • Redknapp has previously revealed he was an Arsenal fan growing up as a kid.
  • The 72-year-old has now admitted that Liverpool is the one club he would have loved to have managed.

For three successive years in the White Hart Lane dugout, Redknapp ensured Spurs finished above Liverpool in the Premier League.

He was relieved of his duties in 2012 having reportedly failed to agree upon a new contract, and has since managed QPR, the Jordan national team and Birmingham City, but there is only one club the Londoner regrets not presiding over.

“If I had one club I’d love to have managed it would have been Liverpool. I loved them,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail.

“I can see them winning the league this year. Give them the title and give it to them now. I’ve had a big bet and I think the bookmakers should pay me out!”

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“I still think they’ll finish third”

Despite a difficult start to the season, Redknapp believes Mauricio Pochettino’s side are just experiencing a slight blip and will eventually iron out their problems, and demonstrate the kind of form that catapulted them to the Champions League final last season.

He said: “I don’t know if they’ve overachieved. They should be finishing in the top three with that squad, that’s where they should be, there’s no doubt about that in my opinion.

“But to get to a Champions League final was great for them. It was great to see them reach the final.

“At the start of the year I really thought Spurs would push Man City and Liverpool a lot, lot closer. Tottenham have got a great team, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son – I thought this could be their year.

“But it’s been a disappointing start for them for sure and they need to turn it around quickly, but I still think they’ll finish third.”

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