Touched by Rafael van der Vaart's kind comments, former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has thanked the playmaker for his praise.
Van der Vaart told The Mirror earlier today of his sadness at Redknapp's departure in 2012, which led to his own just months later.
The Dutchman said: "Harry [Redknapp] — he was like your dad. I would give everything for that man; I was really sad when he left. I think the England job would have been the best job for him and also for England."
Redknapp's flirtation with the Three Lions job combined with Tottenham's loss of form, and led to Spurs replacing him with Andre Villas-Boas.
He reached out to Van der Vaart, now a Real Betis player, after being informed of his comments.
Thanks for the kind words @rafvdvaart - you were a great player to manage. I'd do anything for you too!— Harry Redknapp (@Redknapp) July 22, 2015
Spurs still finished fourth that season, and were only denied a Champions League place by a freak set of circumstances which led to Chelsea winning the competition and taking their place, a rule which no longer applies.
Had they qualified, who knows if Redknapp would have stuck around, and subsequently Van der Vaart - who implied clearly he had little time for replacement Andre Villas-Boas, referring to him in the interview as 'what's his name'.