Harry Redknapp: We'll play the Premier League all over the world

15 October 2010 02:35
Speaking out: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp believes Premier League football will one day be played all around the world.

The Tottenham manager says it is the inevitable outcome from the influx of foreign owners in the English league.

In a week in which Liverpool's future has been fought out in courts on both sides of the Atlantic, Redknapp describes the changing face of English football traditions as 'sad'.

He said: 'You're not going to bring people in from America and suddenly they are going to have real understanding of football. They buy it as an investment.

'When we started playing football Bob Lord, the chairman at Burnley, was the local butcher. At West Ham, the owner had a wood yard up in Wanstead flats, it was their club and they lived for it. The same at Arsenal and Tottenham.

'Now we are full of foreign owners. It's nice to see clubs owned by people with feelings for the club, English owners, like at West Ham. Tottenham are the same, we have English owners. It's important they understand the tradition of the club and what the fans feel and expect.

'Sheffield Wednesday are being bought by someone in the Far East - we'll all end up playing our games in the Far East. We'll end up with games all over the world. That's what will happen eventually. They'll want to take their club to their own countries to play.'

Controversial: Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy

Redknapp's Tottenham team come up against Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy on Saturday.

But the Spurs boss does not believe there will be any fall-out fromMurphy's controversial comments this week in which he blames recklesschallenges on managers sending out players too 'pumped up'.

Redknapp said: 'Will they kick lumps out of him? I don't think so. Danny is a good ambassador of the game.

'I'venever come across a manager who said to people go into recklesschallenges, break someone's legs or kick lumps out of them. I don'tthink that goes on.

'With some teams you have to get in theirfaces because if you let them pass it they'll murder you. But no-onewants to see crazy, reckless challenges.

'It is the same people who keep getting sent off or making rash challenges that have to calm themselves down a bit.'

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Source: Daily_Mail