New Tottenham manager insists: “I pick the players I want to sign”

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All of a sudden, things are looking up for Spurs fans, and we’re not just talking about the Premier League table. Harry Redknapp is at the helm and many supporters will be wondering why an appointment like this wasn’t made sooner. The ex-Portsmouth manager seems to be a popular choice at White Hart Lane, and he’s been laying down some ground rules since taking over.

The Guardian reports that Redknapp is clearly not a big fan when it comes to directors of football, having had previous run-ins with people of that position at Portsmouth (Avram Grant no less). The new Spurs gaffer is insisting that he will outline the players he wants to sign for the club, and will liaise directly with the chairman. Is this the breath of fresh air that all supporters have been waiting for?

“The chairman will do the deals,” said Redknapp, who was in the dug-out for the 2-0 home win over Bolton Wanderers yesterday, which halted the team’s dismal run of eight Premier League matches without victory. “I will pick the players, and if he [Levy] can deliver them then great. I would not let anyone else buy my players. There is no question of a director of football. I just deal with the chairman.”

Redknapp has outlined that the team are short in one or two areas, and that new signings in January are virtually certain. However, he has also commented that there is a great deal more quality at Tottenham than there was when he returned to Fratton Park a few seasons ago, and he managed to keep Pompey afloat on that occasion!

Tottenham fans, do you feel as though the team is in safe hands under Redknapp? Portsmouth supporters, what does the future hold without him?

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