In the week that he might have expected to be taking England to the European Championship, Harry Redknapp is facing an uncertain future at Tottenham. The Spurs manager, whose contract runs out at the end of next season, wants another three years at the club, which the chairman Daniel Levy is reluctant to give him.
It is understood that there is disillusion among some members of the boardroom with Tottenham's disastrous end to the season. Having been denied a Champions' League place by Chelsea's win, Tottenham stand to lose some £30million. That in turn affects transfer plans for the summer and makes them vulnerable to bids for star players like Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.
Redknapp can point out that with one more goal in the April defeats by Norwich or Queens Park Rangers, his team would have finished third and rivals Arsenal would have been demoted to the Europa League.
Tottenham held third place from November until March, a month after Redknapp was installed as short-priced favourite to become the new England manager. He insisted that he was not affected by the speculation, but a run of one win in nine games meant dropping to fourth place.
"Top four, I couldn't be more pleased," Redknapp said before the Chelsea result. "It's been a great season. We've played some fantastic football. We'd love to have finished third, but over the season I don't think you could ask for a lot more than finishing fourth."