Tottenham sack Harry Redknapp. 'It was inevitable', the manager says

Harry Redknapp was dismissed by Tottenham on Wednesday evening after almost four years at White Hart Lane. Despite finishing one point behind Arsenal in fourth last season, Chelsea's Champions League win denied Spurs a place in next season's big-money competition. But Harry Rednkapp doesn't think that this was the cause of his sacking.

"I think the same outcome would have happened, the chairman would have gone down the same road," said Redknapp.

Chairman Daniel Levy appears in no rush to replace Redknapp. David Moyes is the early favourite to succeed Redknapp by bookmakers but no official approach has been made for the Everton manager. Rafael Benitez, Roberto Martinez and ex-Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann have also been linked with the role.

Redknapp will not retire and will look for another job in management. He has previously managed Portsmouth, Southampton, West Ham and Bournemouth before joining Tottenham in 2008. When he took over, Tottenham were bottom of the Premier League table.

"You cannot sit around moping. That's not my game," he said. "I love football. I would suit any job. I don't think I am coming to the end of my career. Alex Ferguson is in his seventies and is still the best manager in the world. I am as fit as a fiddle."

Redknapp had a year left on his contract and was keen on meeting Levy this week to discuss his future. The manager insists there are no hard feelings, even though the dismissal might appear harsh.

"What has happened is that I met with the chairman and the club decided to go in a different direction," he said. "That's their decision. I have had four fantastic years at Tottenham and have absolutely loved every minute. It couldn't have gone better for me. It is disappointing in some ways but that's football," Redknapp added.

Redknapp led Tottenham to a fourth-place finish in 2009/10 to achieve their first ever appearance in the Champions League, reaching the quarter-finals in 2010/11. Spurs were also in contention for the Premier League title last season but slipped to fourth eventually.

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