Tottenham have sacked manager Harry Redknapp, according to a statement on the club's official Web site. The former Portsmouth boss has been in midst of a bitter row over a contract extension, with club chairman Daniel Levy and denied rumours, on Tuesday, stating he had left the club.
"The Club can today announce that Harry Redknapp will be leaving his post as manager," read the statement. The news was also confirmed by Levy himself.
"This is not a decision the Board and I have taken lightly. Harry arrived at the Club at a time when his experience and approach was exactly what was needed. This decision in no way detracts from the excellent work Harry has done during his time with the Club and I should like to thank him for his achievements and contribution. Harry will always be welcome at the Lane," the chairman said.
The 65 year old manager, who was thought to be a serious contender for the post of the manager of the English national team until West Brom boss Roy Hodgson was revealed as a surprise signing, has been locked in talks with Levy through Wednesday but clearly to no avail.
Redknapp served three and a half years at White Hart Lane, transforming them from a mid-table side, at best, to serial challengers for Champions League positions. He has insisted, however, he has no hard feelings despite being disappointed at the news.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Spurs and am proud of my achievements. I have had a fantastic four years with the Club, at times the football has been breathtaking. I am sad to be leaving but wish to thank the players, staff and fans for their terrific support during my time there," said Redknapp, according to Spurs' official web site.
Meanwhile, reports in the Telegraph suggest Spurs will approach Everton manager David Moyes. The Toffees, though, are confident their manager will remain at the club despite Spurs being able to offer him better footballing resources, a stronger squad and certainly more financial backing. An outside candidate, though, could be Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, who at one point seemed the favourite to occupy the Anfield post now held by Swansea's Brendan Rodgers.