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Redknapp Must Resist Overhaul

harry Redknapp Must Resist Overhaul

Harry Redknapp’s arrival at Tottenham has been seen as a chance for Spurs to start again and get back on track, something that is becoming an annual event at White Hart Lane. But back in 2004 Tottenham were again on the brink of a new era.

French national team coach Jacques Santini had just taken over as manager and the club had installed Frank Arnesen as Director of Football, as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy continued to deploy a more continental approach to managing the club, despite the failings of Glenn Hoddle and David Pleat.

Santini had forged an impressive reputation in France, where he started Lyon’s incredible run of 7 consecutive league titles, and took over from Roger Lemerre after the 2002 World Cup. Despite a poor showing at Euro 2004, France were knocked out by the eventual winners Greece, the Tottenham fans were giddy at the thought of having their own Arsene Wenger.

Bringing in Arnesen from PSV Eindhoven was also quite a coup. The Dane was well respected within the game and had been responsible for bringing the likes of Ronaldo (the fat one), Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Jaap Stam and Arjen Robben to PSV.

Santini didn’t settle well and struggled to come to terms with both English football and the English lifestyle. He only lasted two months and Martin Jol, who had also joined the club in the summer as a coach, took over first team affairs.

From then on we know the rest. Jol took them to two fifth place finishes before being ruthlessly axed for Juande Ramos, Arnesen was lured across London to join the Russian Revolution at Chelsea and Damien Comolli, a former scout for Arsenal, took over as Director of Football.

Every manager has his own philosophy and it is very rare for a manager to come into a club and not want to bring in his own players. Already the rumours have started as to who Redknapp will buy in January and how much money will be available.

So in the space of 4 years Tottenham have had 4 managers and 2 Directors of football, all of whom have had their own preferences and ideas of the way forward for the club.

So I thought it would be a good idea to see how many players have been bought into the club since the summer of 2004 and find out where they are now plying their trade. I may have missed some out and in no particular order:

Andy Reid – Sunderland, Michael Dawson – 1st Team, Pedro Mendes – Rangers, Noe Pamarot – Portsmouth, Nourredine Naybet – Retired, Rodrigo Defendi – U.S. Avellino, Calum Davenport – West Ham, Thimothee Atouba – Hamburg, Michael Carrick – Manchester United, Sean Davis – Portsmouth, Erik Edman – Wigan, Mounir El Hamdaoui – AZ Alkmaar, Emil Hallfredsson – Reggina, Leigh Mills – Reserves, Marton Fulop – Sunderland

Jermaine Jenas – 1st Team, Paul Robinson – Blackburn, Lee Young-Pyo – Borussia Dortmund, Grzegorz Rasiak – Watford, Edgar Davids – Free, Danny Murphy – Fulham, Teemu Tainio – Sunderland, Didier Zokora – 1st Team, Benoit Assou-Ekoto – 1st Team, Hossam Ghaly – Reserves, Tom Huddlestone – 1st Team, Aaron Lennon – 1st Team, Wayne Routledge – Aston Villa, Paul Stalteri – Reserves, Radek Cerny – QPR, Reto Ziegler – Sampdoria

Darren Bent – 1st Team, Dimitar Berbatov – Manchester United, Gareth Bale – 1st Team, Mido – Middlesbrough, Pascal Chimbonda – Sunderland, Steed Malbranque – Sunderland, Ricardo Rocha – Reserves, Adel Taarabt – Reserves, Yuri Berchiche – Youth team, Dorian Dervite – Reserves, Oscar Jansson – Reserves, Tomas Pekhart – Southampton on loan

Giovani Dos Santos – 1st Team, Alan Hutton – 1st Team, Jonathan Woodgate – 1st Team, Gilberto – 1st Team, Kevin-Prince Boateng – Reserves, Chris Gunter – 1st Team, Younes Kaboul – Portsmouth, Mirko Ranieri – Youth team, Danny Rose – Youth/Reserves, Ben Alnwick – Carlisle on Loan

Luka Modric – 1st Team, Roman Pavlyuchenko – 1st Team, Vedran Corluka – 1st Team, John Bostock – Youth/Reserves,, David Bentley – 1st Team, Heurelho Gomes – 1st Team, Fraizer Campbell – 1st Team, Cesar Sanchez – 1st Team, Paul-Jose Mpoku -Reserves.

That is over 60 players in 4 years have arrived at the club with only a handful left and actually in the team. Some of these players were bought with the future in mind but now with a new manager that may throw their future at the club in doubt.

Redknapp faces a big job in getting rid of players like Paul Stalteri, Kevin-Prince Boateng and the others loitering in the reserves who have failed to live up to expectations. He must also resist the temptation to completely overhaul the squad again because it is stability they need and as they showed in glimpses at the Emirates last night, they do have quality in the squad.

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2 Responses to Redknapp Must Resist Overhaul

  1. ls7 says:

    I'm really surprised that Stalteri has not been moved on. He's still a good solid right-back. A club like Newcastle could use him and he'd probably come at a cut-rate transfer fee now.

    As for Redknapp? He will overhaul. I can't see him taking the Tottenham job without the promise of cash for the January window. It's the norm when there is a managerial change, there is squad change as well. There are plenty of reasons that new managers buy and sell players, partially as it gives the impression that they are doing something to change the club and move it forward. In Spurs case they do need to buy a few players at the back and in central midfield. They might need a new keeper as well if Gomes doesn't turn his form around.

  2. DoublePivot says:

    To be fair, Redknapp bought approximately half of the players on your list ;)

    I don't think an overhaul is necessary but the areas that that piece of shit Comolli ignored for 2.5 years will require addressing, such as a DM, a replacement for Ledley and forwards. He will also have to get a replacement for Gomes who is shockingly bad. And BAE wants to leave, so we'll need a LB possibly as Bale is seen as a LM.

    So even though he doesn't have to overhaul, he will have to make changes to the squad as we are still in a relegation dogfight.

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