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HATCHET MAN: Harry not wild about Europe - Redknapp fears becoming a victim of his own success
Published : 08 May 2009 12:20:46
Harry Redknapp is fighting a losing battle if he hopes to keep a lid on expectations at Tottenham. The manager has been reminding anyone who will listen that he has done well to keep Spurs in the Premier League this season. Take it or leave it: Harry Redknapp is guarded against expectations getting out of hand at Tottenham. But the trials and tribulations of the early part of the campaign have long been forgotten at White Hart Lane. More from Hatchet Man... HATCHET MAN: That's tricky, Ricky - Sbragia's transfer targets can only mean bad luck for the Black Cats08/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Theo sticks to his Guns - New deal for Walcott means he's in the money...but not the medals08/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Shear madness - Newcastle's knight in shining armour seems to have surrendered already08/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Sticky situation for Toffees - Chelsea will take their anger out on Everton in FA Cup final08/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Allardyce will have to stay quiet if he decides to sign Barton07/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Watch out Wayne, your anger might just backfire on you once again07/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Sorry Milner, moving up one place is not a great success for Villa07/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Gerrard is deluded if he thinks Liverpool are too good not to win the title07/05/09 VIEW FULL ARCHIVE Talk of a Europa League place is fair enough (although Harry doesn't seem to want that), but the lofty and unreasonable target which has been used to beat Redknapp's predecessors with has already reappeared. Jonathan Woodgate said: 'The aim is always to get in the top four and the Champions League. It's going to be a better team next year, you can see how the team has changed under the manager. 'It's taking shape in the training ground and we are starting to do it on a Saturday.' Redknapp is certainly canny enough to know that much more of that sort of talk over the summer and he will be on course to become a victim of his own success, but he had better get used to it. Spurs have never been a club who are prepared to take things one step at a time and realism simply doesn't come into it.