Harry Redknapp interview

Redknapp extends Tottenham deal until 2013

July 13, 2010
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

Harry Redknapp has told Soccernet he has committed his future to Tottenham until 2013 - and he has shelved all thoughts of retirement.

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Redknapp was out of contract at the end of last season but, following talks with chairman Daniel Levy, Spurs have exercised their right to take up an extension on his current deal.

He told Soccernet: "Yes, I can confirm that the club have taken up that two-year option. I am now committed to Spurs for the next three years, and of course I am pleased by that.

"That has made me think about how long I want to stay in the game and - who knows? - I might stay with Spurs many more years than 2013."

Redknapp guided Spurs to a fourth placed finish, the club's highest since the inception of the Premier League, in his first full season at White Hart Lane and will face the challenge of Champions League football this season.

Redknapp, 63, had previously suggested he would call it a day when his previous deal expired but, having spoken to son Jamie, he has now indicated he could look to follow in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson.

"When I said before that the Spurs job would be my last and then it would be time to put my feet up and retire, Jamie had a right go at me.

"He's right - you never know what is around the corner and, while I have the energy, I think I will carry on for as long as I can. I have changed my mind and I feel as though I have a good few years left me in yet.

"When you see how long Sir Alex Ferguson (68) has lasted, and then look around at some of the guys of the older generation that keep on going like Fabio Capello (64), Arsene Wenger (60) and Roy Hodgson (62), you think I could do the same. None of them are youngsters any more, they are of the same age group, and it is true that there is no substitute for experience in management.

"The game is crying out for stability, and the experienced guys know the job, and for so many now age is not a problem."