Joe Jordan: I still don't know why spurs sacked Harry Redknapp and me

 

Joe Jordan has revealed he remains mystified as to why Tottenham dismissed Harry Redknapp at the end of last season, a decision which also cost the Scot his job as first-team coach.

Redknapp and his staff took Tottenham into a Champions League qualifying place before Chelsea won the trophy to pinch their spot – a feat Jordan thought would be good enough to ensure they remained at White Hart Lane.

"I didn't see it coming – not at the end of the season, at least. We played the last game against Fulham and won to end up fourth. I thought that was a Champions League place and I walked away from the stadium thinking we would have a break and then go from there. But once there were discussions going on about not extending Harry's contract then...

"Not getting into the Champions League was emphasised and that was what we expected. But I think we were up there for most of the season.

"It is not as if the season was a failure in any way. We said we wanted to win the Premier League and we made a good challenge for it. We'd finished in the top four and achieved our goals.

"I was just asking myself the same question over again. You are asking me [why?]. 'I don't get this'. Sometimes in football, you can't get the answer and you have got to leave it otherwise you just go round in circles."

Redknapp, Jordan and Kevin Bond joined Tottenham with the club in the relegation zone in October 2008. The club finished eighth that season, and in the top five in the next three campaigns. They had previously taken Portsmouth to FA Cup success and into Europe and Jordan hopes to work with Redknapp again.

"I am sure I will work with Harry again, but you could never tell when it is going to happen. I would like to get back into football myself. I am not finished.

"Sometimes you have a period of time when it is really tough. When you are drained because you have been under the cosh with results and things haven't gone well."

Tottenham play one of Jordan's old club's today, Manchester United, but he will not be at Old Trafford, instead preferring to see two more of his former clubs in action closer to home. "Who do I want to win [at Old Trafford]? I am not interested. It makes no difference to me at the end of the week. I'll be at Bristol City-Leeds, then watching the game on ESPN," said Jordan, who works as a pundit for the channel.

Manchester United v Tottenham is live and exclusive on ESPN. Coverage begins at 4.30pm today. Visit espn.co.uk/tv for details

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