It is not everyday that a man has had a life-saving act, rides the tide to a record and fruitful season afterwards and then goes on to attract the biggest attention to an extent of having ‘two great jobs’ from which to choose from.
It may be a few men and women who achieved that and even fewer who woke up the next day with nothing.
No one really wants the luck of former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Harry Redknapp. His Spurs job looked the most secure after that of Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson. He was tauted as the next English boss for a long time after the departure of Fabio Cappello probably to the extent that he believed he had that job too.
Soon after the appointment of Roy Hodgson it was apparent that his days with the Three Lions had not yet arrived. The focus quickly turned to the White Hart Lane and rumours of him heading to Stamford Bridge were everywhere.
After the Euro 2012 started, The Blues announced Roberto Di Mateo as their substantive manager for the next two years. With both opportunities gone, Spurs chairman released their most successful manager in centuries.
In all ernest, he had a year on his contract to run and he must have had a fat cheque for that. That timing was stinking bad.
Tottenham Hotspur have since announced a Chelsea reject in Andre Villas-Boas. AVB arrived in the English Premier League as a ‘hot-property’ from the Portuguese side, FC Porto.
For all his record, he was seen as a new Jose Mourinho on both that he assisted the man at Chelsea and went on to achieve some glory with Porto. There was less question of his football knowledge but so much about charisma and management skills.
Is he therefore what Spurs need? Not at all. Spurs need the players who will play for him. Since the ascendance of the current team that took the UEFA world by storm, my insistance on the boys being mediocre was ridiculed.
Harry Redknapp dealt with hugely average and over-rated players. The diference was how mch they would die for him. He was charismatic and crudely honest. He worked with the biggest injury list in the league for years.
If a manager can pick a player who does never trained on a weekly basis, and all others are well with it, including those training hard for the same position, it tells you something about the man.
To many observers, Luka Modric was a fantastic player. He is likely to depart and if Spurs fail to stamp their authority, it will be easy to blame his absense. This man is a wanted ‘hot-cake’ across Europe right now but why.
Save for a few wonderful goals, as a n attacking midfielder, how many goals ands assists did he contribute to the club? Maybe his best days were ahead of him at Spurs, and hopefully where he is heading to.
This is not to undermine his charming ball control and passing, but just looking at the numbers, he was yet to set the stage alight.
It may be early days, but Spurs are better off racking in pounds out of him and Gareth Bale was one jackpot for the White Hrt Lane to maximise their kitty, because under AVB, he will not thrive.
The manager will be better off with Porto and Chelsea excess baggages, if still available, that trust on the foundation Harry laid. Actually, there is no foundation at Spurs now but a building exercise. It may well be a surprise year where AVB gets his record back on track. Time will tell.