Redknapp communication is vital says Levy

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has highlighted Harry Redknapp's communication with players as a vital change following his appointment to replace Juande Ramos.

Levy has also revealed how Redknapp's knowledge of the transfer market was one of the reasons for scrapping the continental structure of sporting director Damien Comolli scouting and buying players for the head coach.

Redknapp will attempt to work his magic in the January transfer window with "limited" funds available - and in the meantime his motivational skills have been used to inspire a squad who were not performing for Ramos, who struggled with learning English.

Levy said: "He's a good communicator. We've learned over the last few years that communication with managers and players is vital. You can't underestimate that."

Levy defended the continental structure but admits Redknapp's own scouting brings a different dimension to his managerial style.

"People have misunderstood the issue of the sporting director, they forget we had European football here for three years with a sporting director," Levy said. "It's not about coach v manager or a sporting director, it's about the right people.

"The difference between Harry and other coaches we've had here is that Harry has certain abilities others haven't - particularly the UK markets in terms of transfers.

"Other coaches have skills in terms of coaching but Harry has both."

Redknapp has so far inspired a victory over Bolton and the memorable comeback against rivals Arsenal.

Levy said: "Harry is a very confident individual and that confidence feeds on to the players. That gives them confidence and they believe in themselves.

"We all know we've got a good squad. No way we should be in this position. I'm confident, with Harry and the players we've got, we'll be climbing up the the league."