White Hart Lane boss defends Emirates counterpart.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has defended Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger from criticism from Gunner supporters.
The Frenchman has come under pressure in recent weeks as Arsenal once again have thrown away positions where they could win a trophy.
In the space of a few weeks, Wenger’s men lost the Carling Cup final, got knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup and dropped points in the race for the Premier League title.
The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust released a statement expressing their “considerable disappointment” with the club’s struggle to land major honours.
They warned Wenger’s policy of trusting youth players rather than buying experienced ones is costing the Gunners silverware.
Redknapp, who faces Wenger in the North London derby tonight, insists the pressure on the 61-year-old is unjust despite his failure to land a trophy in six years.
The Spurs boss says Wenger is under pressure from the “sad” and “idiotic” supporters who call radio phone-ins to air their grievances about their team every week.
“I don’t understand how they can criticise him,” Redknapp said. They have had fantastic success and play great football.
“He managed a team that went a whole season unbeaten. What an achievement that was. That was amazing to do that.
“He has won enough trophies at Arsenal already. He doesn’t need another to have vindication, surely. His record stands up anyway.”
“I don’t understand the criticism (of Wenger) at all but that’s what you expect in football, you get that in this game now,” Redknapp added.
“If he was angry about it then I don’t blame him. I would have been too.
“If you lose a few games some people call these silly phone-ins and say: ‘They were rubbish today, they were absolutely useless’ when they weren’t even at the game, they were listening to it on the radio or shopping with the wife.
I don’t listen to them. I’ll turn the radio on and put Magic FM on instead. I want to listen to some music.
“I don’t want to listen to a bunch of idiots. They must have sad lives.”