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Harry's programme notes

Posted on 1 November 2008  - 12:00

As part of our matchday build-up for home matches, we'll publish Harry Redknapp's notes from our official matchday programme.

Harry's programme notes

As part of our matchday build-up for home matches, we'll publish Harry Redknapp's notes from our official matchday programme.

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HARRY REDKNAPP'S NOTES v LIVERPOOL, NOVEMBER 1...

It is a huge honour to be penning these notes as Manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

This is a fantastic football club with a proud history. I trained with Spurs as a youngster every Tuesday and Thursday for nearly four years and watched every First Team game that I could.

I even had the pleasure of meeting Bill Nicholson. My Dad and I travelled down from Mile End to White Hart Lane station after being invited by Dickie Walker, the Club's chief scout. Dickie told Bill that I played outside right and, after revealing that my name was not a regular on the scoresheet, the great man's assessment was simple: ‘the only great winger that did not score goals was Stanley Matthews and you are not going to be as good as him are you, Harry?' He was right of course.

As a big follower of the history of the game I know about the traditions associated with Spurs, a club that has always played with a style well noted across Europe. Spurs were the original push and run side and have produced some fantastic players over the years. Just walking around here makes you realise just how big this club is, irrespective of where we currently sit in the league table.

You only have to look at the stadium - and the plans for a new world class one - the crowd, you gave me a terrific welcome on Sunday and I appreciate that, as well as the quality of players on show against Bolton Wanderers and again against Arsenal. I was sitting on the bench and wondering how on earth this team could be at the bottom.

Clive Allen deserves credit for the result on Sunday having put the team together at such short notice. I have since added Kevin Bond to my staff, a terrific coach who worked with me at Portsmouth and I am delighted to have him with me.

The victory over Bolton gave everybody a lift and it was pleasing to see so many people with smiles on their faces on my first day at the training ground. Walking into a football club on the back of a win is a completely different place to walking in after a defeat, and that is important when a team has been struggling.

There has been a great spirit here all week. It is my job now to get the best out of the players and instil in them more of the same confidence they have demonstrated so far. Life is all about confidence and if you do not have any you will not deliver. But if the players continue to perform with such confidence running through them everyone will see a team that can really play.

That was certainly the case against Arsenal on Wednesday. It was goals galore, a real throwback to the old days.

The lads showed tremendous character to pull an amazing result out the bag. At 4-2 down the game looked over but the players refused to give up. Once we got to within one goal of Arsenal we went for broke and threw Jonathan Woodgate up front. It could have gone either way but we were presented with a chance at the death and we took it.

To achieve a result in that fashion has left the lads relishing the prospect of Liverpool's visit today.

It is a stand out fixture for any player to look forward to - a team who are top of the league and one that have produced an unbeaten start to the season with some impressive results along the way including ending Chelsea's remarkable record at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

We are fully aware of the dangers that Rafael Benitez's side possess in their ranks but at White Hart Lane in front of a strong home support there is every reason to believe we can get a result today.

It has been a good week so far with four points already achieved and there is no reason why we cannot further add to that tally today.

Have a great evening.