Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy has decided to sack manager Tim Sherwood at season’s end, and will replace him with former manager Harry Redknapp, according to sources. While speculation has been rife about other names such as Louis Van Gaal and Mauricio Pochettino, Levy believes that Redknapp is the man to take Tottenham back into the promised land of the UEFA Champions League.
Redknapp, who currently is attempting to win promotion back to the Premier League as manager of Queens Park Rangers, guided Spurs to their best-ever Premier League finishes, placing fourth in both the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons. Redknapp’s success represents a high water mark for Tottenham’s Premier League history. And Levy, having failed with both a continental manager (Andre Villas-Boas) and a club man (Tim Sherwood), has come to the realization he made an error in sacking the current QPR manager.
If former Spurs player Gus Poyet is sacked by Sunderland, he is in line to join Jim Jordan and Kevin Bond on Redknapp’s staff. Current Spurs assistants Les Ferdinand and Steffen Freund, both former Tottenham players themselves, will likely be dismissed. Poyet is a former Spurs teammate of Redknapp’s son, Jamie, who now a Sky Sports commentator.
The current struggles of QPR’s bloated and expensive squad not-withstanding, Levy realizes that he must quickly rectify the situation in North London or risk losing the window of opportunity to qualify for the UEFA Champions League in the near future. Redknapp’s appointment, like almost every stop on his managerial career, is likely to only be a short-term stop gap measure, but one which could reap big rewards for Levy and his club.