Beating the drop is more important than Carling Cup, says Spurs boss Harry

03 December 2008 10:11
Tottenham

boss Harry Redknapp admits Barclays Premier League survival is his priority ahead of Carling Cup quarter-final at Watford on Wednesday night.

Spurs are defending the trophy they won in February but Redknapp's aim is to lift them from 16th in the table following defeat to Everton

at the weekend.

'It will be a tough game but league points are all-important to us I think,' Redknapp said. 'I said it all along - it's the league position that is vital.





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'The long-term and most important thing at the club is the Premier League, it's got to be. That is the most important thing by far.'

While rivals Arsenal had a host of youngsters on display in their reverse at Burnley on Tuesday night, Redknapp has limited options compared to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

 Redknapp keeps kids out of the firing line for Tottenham's quarter-final clash with Watford

It's brothers-in-war as Redknapp and Lamps prepare to cross family swords

Redknapp hopes 'terrific' Bostock can spur other Tottenham youngsters on

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Priorities: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is focusing on the League

'No disrespect, they have a group of youngsters that are good enough to play,' Redknapp said. 'They have 19 to 20-year-old kids and so many of them are fantastic that they can play them. How many teams can afford to do that?'

Redknapp will face brother-in-law Frank Lampard Snr, Watford's new football consultant, for the first time in his career.

The pair barely trained on opposite teams when they played together at West Ham and Lampard was Redknapp's assistant at Upton Park before the partnership was broken in 2001.

'I was with him at West Ham for seven years but I wasn't a normal assistant manager to him - we are family,' Lampard said. 'We've always been on an even keel and talk about football in a natural way so I am looking forward to the game.'

Redknapp insists he would have offered Lampard a job but believed him to be settled in his 'routine' of supporting his son Frank Lampard Jnr - then Watford last week appointed him to help new manager Brendan Rodgers.

The resignation of chairman Graham Simpson this week has hardly been the best preparation for Watford ahead of the clash at Vicarage Road, and Lampard Snr also feels Redknapp has Wembley in his sights again.

'They are the holders and Harry is always desperate to get to Wembley and this is a chance for him,' Lampard said.

'I've told him that we might play our reserves as we've got some important games coming up but he was having none of it.

'Harry will want to come here and win, don't you worry about that. They will bring a top team here.'

 Redknapp keeps kids out of the firing line for Tottenham's quarter-final clash with Watford

It's brothers-in-war as Redknapp and Lamps prepare to cross family swords

Redknapp hopes 'terrific' Bostock can spur other Tottenham youngsters on

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Source: Daily_Mail