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.[LNB]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.[LNB]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.[LNB]'The new stadium or the Olympic Stadium would be great. I'm only the employee - I don't want to say the wrong one![LNB]'I do know there used to be a great pie and mash shop in Stratford. It's a long way off still.'[LNB]Redknapp, formerly the West Ham manager, admitted leaving either Upton Park or White Hart Lane would be difficult.[LNB]'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.'[LNB]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.[LNB]'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. [LNB]'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.'[LNB]Aaron Lennon, who started on the bench on Wednesday could return against Villa.[LNB]'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. [LNB]'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. [LNB]'Aaron picked up an injury in training but nothing too bad so hopefully he will be available.'[LNB]

Source: Telegraph