Spurs manager Harry Redknapp stays tight-lipped on stadium preference

01 October 2010 01:26
Tottenham beat the deadline last night to lodge a rival bid to neighbours West Ham to move into the stadium after the 2010 Olympics.

But the club confirmed today that Haringey Council's Planning Committee had given planning permission for the proposed £400 million development of the Northumberland Park Project.

Liverpool defeat to Tottenham Hotspur raises signs of doubt over Premier League challengeTottenham 2 Liverpool 1: match report'I wasn't at the meeting but I spoke to the chairman today and getting permission is fantastic,' said Redknapp.

'The new stadium or the Olympic Stadium would be great. I'm only the employee - I don't want to say the wrong one!

'I do know there used to be a great pie and mash shop in Stratford. It's a long way off still.'

Redknapp, formerly the West Ham manager, admitted leaving either Upton Park or White Hart Lane would be difficult.

'Do West Ham fans really want to leave Upton Park? Probably not. It's a great atmosphere and stadium with special tradition with great players there over the years. White Hart Lane is also a stadium of great tradition.'

Spurs are back there tomorrow, following the 4-1 Champions league win over FC Twente and Redknapp admitted it will be hard to lift his players for the visit of Aston Villa.

'Everyone finds it difficult,' he said. 'When I wasn't involved, if you were catching a team in the week of the Champions League you felt you had a better chance.

'We're in the situation here, people might think we've had a big night and they have a chance. It's something you have to cope with.'

Aaron Lennon, who started on the bench on Wednesday could return against Villa.

'Aaron is available, I'll have to look at that,' added Redknapp. 'Last season he was almost unplayable and hopefully he will get back to that.

'When he's like that he's as good as any wide player. I may have to change one or two so we'll have a look at it because we have had a tough week.

'Aaron picked up an injury in training but nothing too bad so hopefully he will be available.'

Source: Telegraph

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