Harry Redknapp's four-year reign as Tottenham Hotspur manager ended late on Wednesday evening. The Premier League club's chairman, Daniel Levy, did not offer Redknapp a new contract extension.
The north London club announced on its website in the early hours of Thursday morning that Harry Redknapp would be leaving the club with immediate effect. The former Portsmouth, Southampton and West Ham manager told waiting reporters:
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.
There was only one year remaining on the 65-year-old's contract and with no new deal in place, Redknapp was keen to seal some form of extension on that contract. It had been reported in Sky News that Levy was only willing to offer Redknapp a rolling 12-month contract.
Although Redknapp took the club to a top-four finish in the Premier League when the season ended in May, he failed to seal a Champions League spot after Chelsea won the Champions League and effectively took the fourth and final place allocated to English clubs. However, critics have said Tottenham's 10-point lead over Arsenal in February was eroded as soon as he was cleared in a two-week court case where he had been accused of tax evasion and overwhelming public speculation linking him to the England managerial role, which Roy Hodgson was eventually offered.