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Friday, January 11, 2013
Redknapp: Sacking was 'political'

Miguel Delaney

Harry Redknapp has said his departure from Tottenham Hotspur was nothing to do with the way he was managing the team.

• Delaney: Redknapp focused on QPR

The focus has come back onto Redknapp's departure from White Hart Lane as he faces his old club for the first time this weekend, as manager of QPR.

Redknapp was sacked in June 2012 during the European Championships and a certain amount of confusion remains given that he had again guided the club into the top four and only missed out on the Champions League as a consequence of Chelsea's somewhat unexpected victory in the competition.

Aside from a spring slump that effectively meant Spurs missed out on third place to rivals Arsenal, it is understood that Tottenham Hotspur's owner Joe Lewis favoured a change and the club's hierarchy wanted a more modern infrastructure - lending credence to Redknapp's words.

"Yeah, it was political," the QPR manager admitted. "I've got my own feelings about what happened but it's difficult for me to say."

Redknapp did, however, reveal that he had been speaking to Tottenham chief executive Daniel Levy as recently as Thursday.

"It was just about players. I don't mix socially with him," he added. "They have got a few players there and I was just going to have a chat and see if there is anyone there we could do with."

In that regard, it is widely expected that QPR will bring in Jake Livermore on loan.

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