Harry Redknapp still unhappy over Tottenham sacking

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp says Brendan Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool for other people's failures like he believes he was at Tottenham.

Former Premier League manager Harry Redknapp has told The Telegraph he sees similarities between Brendan Rodgers' sacking by Liverpool to his own firing from Tottenham Hotspur.

Redknapp was axed by Spurs in 2012, and still does not seem comfortable with it. His comments insinuate he deels he was ultimately dismissed for the failings of others, with the structure at the club leading to his downfall.

He said: "I don’t think Brendan has signed those new players at Liverpool. They’ve brought in players from Brazil and I don’t think he will have known much about them. He’s just been told they’re coming and he has to get the best out of them.

"It’s the same at Tottenham, it had gone that way before I left Spurs and it has continued since I left, first under Villas Boas, now Pochettino."

He added, taking a general view, also referring to Sunderland and Newcastle's recent struggles: "The managers don’t sign the players, they leave that to someone else or it’s a decision made by a committee, but it’s the managers who take the blame when results aren’t good enough."

What is good enough always depends on expectations, and certainly in Redknapp's case he could consider himself unfortunate.

He was tasked with delivering Champions League football in 2011/12, and led Spurs to fourth. Yet Chelsea's Champions League win meant they took Tottenham's spot despite finishing sixth in the league.

Redknapp was fired and Spurs have not reached the competition since, and have a more modest target for Mauricio Pochettino as they look to remain competitive while they build a new stadium.

Liverpool's transfer committee to which Redknapp refers has been a controversial point for fans of the Reds, with the signing of Mario Balotelli in particular appearing to be one the manager did not want nor welcome.

Tottenham themselves appointed technical director Franco Baldini after Redknapp left, with largely terrible results. They wasted much of the Gareth Bale money, with five of the seven players bought, already being sold. Even now Baldini has left, The Times report Spurs have a five man committee in place to oversee transfers - yet crucially theirs includes their current head coach.

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