Harry Redknapp names Tottenham man who is ‘full package’ key vs Man City if Harry Kane out
When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.
One man can win the Carabao Cup for Tottenham, according to Harry Redknapp. And for once it is NOT talismanic striker Harry Kane, whose fitness is up in the air heading into the match. Nor is it interim manager Ryan Mason.
Despite his own illustrious career, Redknapp feels the role a manager has in any success is vastly overplayed.
After all, he tells Express Sport’s Matthew Dunn, the rookie Spurs boss is already outperforming Jose Mourinho in the way he is handling the one weapon even Pep Guardiola should fear on Sunday.
YOU KNEW RYAN MASON AS AN ACADEMY LAD. ARE YOU SURPRISED HE WILL BE LEADING SPURS OUT AT WEMBLEY AS MANAGER?
I would be lying if I said to you I could see then he was going to be a manager! I remember him as a nice, quiet lad and I wish him well.
But do you know the most important thing to be a top manager? Top players. Don’t ever kid yourself it’s anything else.
Nobody has got a magic wand. I have not seen anybody do something in training that is brand new and I have never seen done before.
It is a little bit of common sense, getting the best out of them, putting the jigsaw together, making sure all the pieces fit.
Importantly, he got his first decision bringing Gareth Bale back against Southampton – he’s still a player who can make a difference.
SO WHY HAS BALE NOT HAD MORE OF AN IMPACT UNDER MOURINHO?
With Bale, first you need to play him. Then you need to tell him he’s the best that there is. You need to tell him that the poor right back on the opposition side has been sitting on the toilet for the last hour.
Then let him hear you telling the others, lads just keep giving Gareth the ball because he will destroy this lot today. Suddenly, he is not 6ft 3in any more, he is 7ft 8in.
HAS GARETH’S ATTITUDE BEEN WRONG THIS SEASON?
No! He’s been brought on, he’s been brought off. He’s been walking on with five minutes to go.
What are you supposed to do in five minutes when you have won the Champions League and at one stage were the third best player on the planet? I saw him at Southampton.
It was fantastic – he could do everything.
Even now, he is still 6ft 3in, he can still run long distance, he can sprint, he can shoot, he can dribble, he can head it. He is the full package. What he needs is somebody to believe in him and tell him, ‘Yeah you are the best around, Gareth’.
MASON IS ACHIEVING ALL THIS AFTER FRACTURING HIS SKULL. YOU ALSO FRACTURED YOUR SKULL IN A CAR CRASH IN 1990. DOES THAT SORT EXPERIENCE CHANGE YOU?
Yeah, it does change your perspective. But if football is in you blood, you still get as high and as low. It still consumed me 24 hours a day. Perhaps Ryan is different and he can go home and switch off.
MORE TOTTENHAM NEWS…
Lloris says Spurs stars must ‘share responsibility’ for Mourinho exit
Tottenham boss Ryan Mason told how he can beat Man City in Carabao Cup
Tottenham ‘must pay £17.3m fee’ to make Julian Nagelsmann next manager
But what I will say is that being a manager is very different to being the Under-23 coach or in charge of the Under-18s. You are under no pressure in those posts whatsoever. You’re just taking a bit of training.
When you are the manager, the changes it can make in people are incredible. Some can handle it, some can’t.
FINALLY, WHERE WILL YOU BE CHEERING RYAN AND SPURS ON FROM?
I will be at the Cinch Drive-In Final event which is showcasing the Carabao Cup final for Spurs fans. Cinch are the official shirt sleeve partner of Tottenham Hotspur – for more information visit.
Source: Read Full Article