Redknapp 'not considering' England switch
Wednesday 14 December 2011
Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, insisted yesterday that manager Harry Redknapp is not considering the England job "at this present time". Speaking at the club's annual general meeting at White Hart Lane, Levy said that Redknapp was committed to Spurs.
Redknapp is one of the likeliest replacements for Fabio Capello when the Italian steps down following Euro 2012, but Tottenham are eager to keep the man who guided them into the Champions League last year and has them currently in fourth place in the Premier League. "Harry has 18 months left on his contract," Levy said yesterday. "We have had a conversation where it was said that as far as Harry's concerned, he's very happy here and he doesn't particularly want to consider England at the present time. We will worry about that situation if it arises in the summer."
The manager is not the only person Levy is keen to keep at White Hart Lane: he said yesterday that none of Spurs' important players will leave in next month's transfer window. "We have a great squad with exceptional talent and none of the main players will be leaving in January," Levy said.
Despite Spurs' failed attempt to move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, Levy said their priority is to build a new stadium in Tottenham, providing there was sufficient public investment in the area. "Quite clearly any significant, further investment by the club would need to be in the context of a commitment by the public sector to fund public infrastructure works to create the environment and confidence to commit further. These public monies would be entirely for public works, not for the stadium or any of the associated club developments. They would contribute to the general uplift of the borough, thereby creating an area in which the club can justify hundreds of millions of pounds of investment and be a catalyst for further regenerative investment.
"A new stadium continues to be central to delivering our ambitions for this club. At this stage we are encouraged by the level of support there is for our plans and for giving the area of Tottenham the focus and attention it deserves."
As part of Spurs' attempts to raise money for a new stadium, the AGM approved delisting the club from the AIM stock market, taking them private. Shareholders will only be able to buy or sell ordinary shares until 13 January.
Levy remains impressed with Spurs' performances this season. "I hope we have a great season and that we can finish in the top four or, who knows, maybe even higher," he said. "We want first place. I spoke to Harry and told him not to be too despondent [about losing to Stoke on Sunday], because if we win our game in hand against Everton, we could be only four points behind Manchester City."
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