Harry Redknapp believes Tottenham can win the title, says coach Joe Jordan

11 December 2010 12:42
Carlo Ancelotti has seemed an isolated figure at the Chelsea helm since the sacking of Ray Wilkins and, when he looks a few feet down the touchline at Tottenham on Sunday, he will find Harry Redknapp protected by a robust backroom team, crammed with experience, personality and loyalty.

One of them is first-team coach Joe Jordan. He knows exactly what's driving the mantipped to be the next England boss and here he shares with Sportsmail his views on his manager.

 Changing Attitudes'Harry thinks this team have the potential to win the Barclays Premier League and he's touchedon that in the dressing room in the last few weeks. He wants these players to believe they can do ithere.

Anything is possible: Redknapp has told his Tottenham stars they CAN win the title

'You have players in the Spurs dressing room who have won championships in other countries, with other clubs. You might have a championship medal but to do that as a team for the first time in a long time isn't easy.

'He has tried to instil that. They've got to prove it.'

Breaking Barriers'I don't think people realise how difficult it was at the start. We came in, had two or three goodresults and were still in the bottom two.

'The win at Hull when Jonathan Woodgate headed the winner was a big moment. We started to believe we could go away and get results. You have to go through certain barriers.

'Manchester United went through them before they won their first championship under Sir Alex Ferguson. Then, whoosh, they were away.

'Chelsea went 50 years without the championship, then they won it back-to-back and again last year.

'Once you've won it, you've broken that barrier, and within that dressing room things change.'

Getting serious: Tottenham first-team coach Joe Jordan

Sound Judgment'Harry's a good judge of a player and that's a talent. These are big decisions you must get right. Youlet a player go and he does well and the player coming in doesn't, then the manager has to answer to that.

'You can't hold on to all the players. You can't have too many sat in one position or they're going to fester a wee bit. William Gallas has come here and people who had the opportunity to take him and didn't must be thinking, 'Whoa, big mistake'.

'We made a signing and William has proved what he is, a top player. He's playing as well now as at any time in his career.'

Getting Serious'Leading up to a game, Harry's intense. People don't always see that because he has a certain waywith the press and in the dressing room. He deflects the pressure.

'But he wants to win and he'd love to win playing a good brand of football.

'You can see that in the way we play. It has a down side and we talk about how to correct it, not concede as many goals. He wants players to enjoy it but his final words in the dressing room will be to approach the game in a serious way and express themselves.

'Harry treats footballers like adults and they respect the freedom he gives them.'

Strength in Numbers'Harry will ask your opinion, take it in, then do what he thinks is right. He knows what he wants.

'He doesn't always agree with me but he is a listener. That's one of his strengths. He knows a manager can only think about and do so much.

'So we're all taking his thoughts and passing them on to individuals, little things but important things. And we're all pointing things out to him.

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'I wouldn't be here if he didn't trust my judgment. I'd be long gone and that's the way it should be.

'But there's only one guy who has the final say and that's him.'

Harry for the England job?'Well, he's English, for a start. As a Scot, I like to see a Scot in charge of my own nation and I think English people are the same.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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