Redknapp comments on Levy conversations with players at Tottenham amid poor form

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Jamie Redknapp claims that chairman Daniel Levy spoke to players during his time at Tottenham Hotspur with results poor.

Daniel Levy is renowned as one of the more hands-on chairmen in the Premier League, and Jamie Redknapp has re-affirmed this is the case.

Redknapp was one of three ex-pros to speak to The Mail about managers losing their dressing rooms and whether that has happened at clubs they have been at, in light of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea meltdown, and subsequent sacking.

The pundit confirmed Tottenham was a club where he witnessed it with his own eyes, and revealed that chairman Daniel Levy even took steps to speak to the players to try to resolve it.

He said: "I’ve seen it lots of times. It never happened at Liverpool but I’ve been at clubs where the owner asks for a chat to try to find out what’s going wrong and how they can change things. That happened at Tottenham but sometimes it can be so hard to turn around. Inevitably it’s the manager who goes.

"I understand what Jamie [Carragher] means about players giving 100 per cent but not every player is like that. Sometimes it’s not that players aren’t trying, it’s more a question of: are they ‘really’ trying? If they are 1-0 or 2-0 down, are they really going to push that extra bit for their manager?"

Redknapp played for Tottenham between 2002 and 2005, joining one year after Daniel Levy had been appointed as Alan Sugar's successor as chairman.

During this time he played under four different managers at Spurs, signed by Glenn Hoddle who left in 2003, replaced by David Pleat.

Jacques Santini took over in 2004 for a spell which was short lived, with Martin Jol his successor. 

Redknapp's comments show not Levy in a bad light necessarily, but the weight that is placed in the opinion of players when a team begins to slide, and if they are not onside, then it is often easier to dismiss the manager and start again.

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