HR: Spurs not willing to take risks

23 January 2010 09:51
Leeds travel to White Hart Lane for this weekend's FA Cup fourth-round clash but getting out of League One is the priority this season, with the eventual aim of returning to the Premier League following relegation in 2004.[LNB]Their financial troubles and collapse to the third tier of English football has been attributed to chasing the dream - but Spurs are looking to finish in the top four of the Premier League in a different way.[LNB]An example of that is Redknapp preparing to ditch his interest in Ruud van Nistelrooy as the wage demands of the Real Madrid striker are too high.[LNB]"The chairman runs a well-run club," said the Spurs manager. "He runs it right. We are not gong to spend crazy money on players who are 30-odd years of age, pay them crazy money and there is no return on your money.[LNB]"But if I really want a player, the chairman does everything in his power to get him for me. If he is too expensive then he says 'Harry I can't do a deal with them'."[LNB]Redknapp believes Leeds could return to the top flight within two seasons under chairman Ken Bates, who he encountered in 1988 when his Bournemouth side defeated Chelsea.[LNB]"Someone asked me if I would let my chairman go on the bench, I just replied that my chairman would not want to go on the bench," Redknapp said. "Ken sent me a rather nasty letter giving me some grief about saying that.[LNB]"Then, in 1990 when I had a road accident in Italy and my mate Brian Tiler was killed, we had a dinner in Bournemouth to raise some money and Ken came along and was fantastic.[LNB]"He bought everything in the auction for four times more than any one else was willing to pay, without letting anyone know it was him. He was fantastic and I will never forget that."[LNB]Redknapp expects Simon Grayson's side to offer a stern challenge.[LNB]Aaron Lennon will miss the tie against his former club as he has a groin injury - but another ex-Elland Road winger, Danny Rose, could make his first start for Spurs.[LNB]"I loaned him out to Peterborough earlier this year but his attitude has changed, he's worked hard and he's got terrific ability," said Redknapp.[LNB]Rose's opportunity could be interpreted as a blow for David Bentley, with Redknapp hinting at the winger struggling in training.[LNB]"He is here and he has to work hard to get in the team," Redknapp said. "That is all I ask them to do, come in every day and train hard, work hard. They have a fantastic living so it is not a lot to ask, is it? Come in every day and train hard and show a good attitude."[LNB]Attitude is not a problem he finds with Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar, who has been ahead of Bentley in the pecking order while Lennon has been sidelined.[LNB]"Niko works hard, trains hard and never gives a minute's problem - no attitude," Redknapp said.[LNB]"Luka Modric is the same. That is what I enjoy about still being in football, players who want come in every day and train and enjoy it and play well. That is really what keeps me going in it."[LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk