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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 22 November 2009  - 12:00

As part of our build-up to home games, we publish Harry Redknapp's exclusive column from our official matchday programme.

As part of our build-up to home games, we publish Harry Redknapp's exclusive column from our official matchday programme.

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HARRY'S NOTES v WIGAN, NOVEMBER 22

It was a good win for us last time again at White Hart Lane when we ground out a result against Sunderland.

Achieving three points is always the most important thing and that victory allowed us to enter the international fortnight sitting in the top four of the Premier League.

At one point during the international break we only had two players in full training at Spurs Lodge, but it is great when you have so many of your squad being called up to represent their country.

We were particularly proud to have four players on the pitch at the same time for England's fixture in Qatar against Brazil with Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Jermaine Jenas and Tom Huddlestone all featuring, while Aaron Lennon could also have been involved had he not been missing through injury.

It is a busy month coming up now for us with many of our players returning having helped their countries seal their places at next summer's World Cup. We will have a big contingent at the finals so it is a tournament we can all look forward to next year.

Apart from our English players, Sebastien Bassong and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are going to be heading to South Africa with Cameroon, while Honduras, Mexico and Brazil were already confirmed so we hope to see Wilson Palacios, Giovani and Heurelho Gomes there too.

Unfortunately Ireland, Russia and Croatia didn't make it which is a shame because the lads we have here who play for those nations deserved to go to the World Cup too.

This afternoon we welcome Wigan Athletic to White Hart Lane. I think Roberto Martinez is one of the brightest young managers in the country and I was really impressed with his work at Swansea. He had them playing great football in my opinion and he has now gone and carried on the great work that has been done so far at Wigan.

I have rung him on a few occasions in the last couple of years when I have wanted to know about particular Spanish players. He has a great knowledge of the Spanish league and he is a smashing guy.

I think he is also working for a great chairman in Dave Whelan. Dave gave Roberto a chance in the Premier League and I would love to see more clubs do the same. There are plenty of talented managers in the lower divisions who need to be given a chance. Roberto had already played at Wigan and did a great job at Swansea. Dave recognised what a talent he was and he has given him the job.

Dave is a real success story in his own right. He had to give up playing through injury before going on to make his fortune and taking up the reins at Wigan. It is a well-run club and they have done great when you consider where they have come from and gone on to achieve since.

They are a good side and we know how hard you have to work for every point in this division. Wigan have achieved some excellent results already this season against Chelsea and at Villa Park on the opening day of the season against Aston Villa.

I'd like to conclude these notes by wishing Carlo Cudicini all the best for a speedy recovery after he was involved in a road accident last week. I've been to see Carlo and he was in great heart and wants to thank everybody at the Club and all the fans that have taken the time to write goodwill messages to him. I hope he can come back as good as ever.

Enjoy the match.