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Harry: Chance I couldn't turn down

Posted on 26 October 2008  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has admitted that he simply 'couldn't turn down' the opportunity to manage Tottenham.

Harry: Chance I couldn't turn down

Harry Redknapp has admitted that he simply ‘couldn't turn down' the opportunity to manage Tottenham.

The club announced Harry's appointment this morning following the departure of Juande Ramos and his coaching team.

One of the most respected figures in the game, Harry joins us after guiding Portsmouth to one of the most successful periods in their history, lifting the FA Cup last season and finishing eighth in the Premier League.

"I've gone from being in the comfort zone at Portsmouth, the club is seventh in the Premier League and into another big challenge, a real pressure-cooker situation for the rest of the season but this was a chance that I couldn't turn down," he said.

"Tottenham is a big, big club and this is a big opportunity for me. I thought let's give it a go before it was too late. I could have gone to Newcastle before, didn't take that job and many people said ‘he hasn't got the ambition' but this is a chance for me and let's see how it goes.

"It was difficult to leave Portsmouth, for sure. If I hadn't been at such a good club and enjoying my life so much, it would have been easy (to move).

Harry now has the task of turning around our fortunes and our much-publicised poor start to the league campaign with no wins and two draws from our opening eight games.

Harry insisted that is all he's concentrating on now. "The league is the only priority now," he said. "We can talk about trying to win cups but we have to stay in the Premier League and improve our position.

"There are some good players at the club who haven't done as well as they should have done so we have to get them playing to their maximum and if we do that, we'll be okay.

Finally, on leaving Pompey, Harry said: "Peter Storrie is a very close friend and I am grateful to him for the way he has dealt with this. I leave Portsmouth in good shape, they've some fantastic players at the moment and there is no reason for them not to have another great season."