After parting ways with Tottenham Hotspur this morning, a defiant Harry Redknapp has informed potential suitors that he is keen to remain a football manager and that he is ready to accept any challenge.
The Spurs relieved Redknapp of his duties earlier today and speculation was rife that the veteran manager was let go due to a turbulent finish to the club’s 2011-12 season.
Tottenham went from title contention to barely hanging on to fourth place in the last three months of the campaign but the real dagger came when sixth-place Chelsea won the Champions League to replace the Spurs in next year’s competition.
Redknapp, for one, denied talks that missing out on the Champions League was the key to his departure and instead explained that Tottenham have decided to go in a different direction.
“We finished fourth and were unlucky at the end, but I think the same outcome would have happened,” Redknapp told BBC Radio Five Live.
He added: “Even if we had finished fourth, the chairman would have gone down the same road. But that is football. I had four great years at Spurs. All you can do is leave the club in a better state than you found it and I did that, for sure.”
For all those who have appreciated his brand of football in the last four years at White Hart Lane, the manager has vowed to remain available for the taking.
“I love football. I would suit any job. I don’t think I am coming to the end of my career. (Sir) Alex Ferguson is in his seventies and is still the best manager in the world. I am as fit as a fiddle,” he concluded.