Here is a talking point that we were
having today ... Is Harry Redknapp right to keep speaking on air about
the fixture congestion excuse and the weakened teams he is about to put
We have had him saying before the
Manchester United FA Cup trip, "If Alex is watching, I tell him now I be
sending up a reserve team etc." Before the second leg of the UEFA Cup
tie against Shakhtar we get, "What team do you expect me to play three
days before a final ? It will be second string, etc., etc."
Then, whilst on the pitch minutes after the Cup Final defeat, we hear,
"If Middlesbrough are watching at home they must be laughing. We
have cramp, tired limbs, etc., etc., etc."
I remember a Bill Nick interview where he
said you are nothing unless you are in Europe, yet here we are showing a
white flag to the opponents in a UEFA Cup tie. Spurs need European
football. It puts you on the world stage and attracts better
players. We showed the white flag to United in the FA Cup and now
seem to be saying to Middlesbrough, "You know what, we are so knackered
after this final that if you play really well against
us you could win."
I know football has changed and it all
about money now, so staying in the Premiership is the holy grail, but
how sad that we have several managers quoting, "I'm not bothered about
the FA Cup, Carling Cup, etc."; "We won't win it anyway."
It seems success is now for most clubs
finishing mid table or in other words making the numbers up and let the
big four win all the cups and have the success. I do put some of
this blame on Man Utd and Arsenal who started this "I'm playing the
kids as this cup is not our priority" (Wenger), etc. Also United
not entering the FA Cup to play some unknown, money spinning game across
the world was a disgrace to all FA clubs, but then that's United for you
We even have players saying if we don't
get in the Champions League I'm off. Do people remember 1982 ?
Spurs going for four trophies, having to play 11 games in about 24 days;
ending up European Cup Winners Cup
semi finalists, League Cup finalists, FA Cup winners and a top six
finish. Wouldn't you want that back as a fan today or are you
happy to finish 15th ?
So is Harry right ? Or is he trying
to play mind games and put the opposition into a false sense of
security. It is playing a risky game and games are running out.
Remember Harry said "if I can't stop this team getting relegated with
the players we have here, then I will leave at end of the season."
I hope those words don't come back to
haunt you Harry maybe your better off keeping schtum.