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Manager Harry Redknapp signs extended deal at Tottenham

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Redknapp drenched by Spurs squad after securing fourth place last season

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has extended his contract with the club until 2013.

His deal was due to expire in 2011 but included an option for a further two years, which the club have exercised.

"Harry guided us to fourth in his first full season, our highest league finish since the Premier League's inception," read a club statement.

"We now have the prospect of competing in the Champions League for the first time this coming campaign."

The 63-year-old won the Premier League manager of the season award last term and said securing his long-term future at White Hart Lane had got him thinking about his plans beyond the end of that contract.

"Who knows - I might stay with Spurs many more years than 2013," he said.

"You never know what is around the corner and, while I have the energy, I think I will carry on for as long as I can. I feel as though I have a good few years left me in yet.

"When you see how long [the 68-year-old] Sir Alex Ferguson has lasted, and then look around at some of the guys of the older generation that keep on going like Fabio Capello (64), Arsene Wenger (60) and Roy Hodgson (62), you think 'I could do the same'.

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"None of them are youngsters any more, they are of the same age group, and it is true that there is no substitute for experience in management. The game is crying out for stability, and the experienced guys know the job, and for so many now age is not a problem."

Redknapp left Portsmouth to take over as Spurs boss in October 2008 and guided them from the bottom of the league to an eighth-place finish.

Under his predecessor Juande Ramos they had had picked up only two points from their opening eight games - their worst start to a season.

But Redknapp soon turned their fortunes around, guiding them to safety and helping to earn them a place in the League Cup final, which they lost to Manchester United on penalties.

Redknapp began his managerial career at Bournemouth before taking over as West Ham and then a first stint with Portsmouth.

He left Fratton Park to join rivals Southampton but he lasted less than a year, returning to Portsmouth, where he led them to victory in the FA Cup final in 2008 - the club's first major trophy for 58 years.

Looking ahead to the new season, Redknapp conceded he was tempted to make a move for Sevilla's Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano but the main focus of his attention is free agent Joe Cole, who he signed for West Ham and who has been released by Chelsea.

"I managed Joe before, and I signed him when he was 11," added Redknapp.

Harry Redknapp and Joe Cole pictured in 2001
Redknapp was a major influence in Joe Cole's early career

"We have always had a good relationship. I know what makes Joe tick and it's his love of the game and his need to be playing it. That is what I am offering him.

"I have spoken with Joe at length and I would like him and, when we talked, he appreciated my view that Tottenham is now a club going places.

"I would like Joe here with me but it is now up to the club and up to Joe, his agent and his dad and our chairman. He is talking to them to try to do a deal. If it is beyond us in financial terms I can appreciate that but I am hoping other factors will come into play to make up Joe's mind."

On the subject of Fabiano, Redknapp appeared to be more of an admirer than a serious suitor.

"He's a fabulous player and would be a brilliant addition to any team," he commented.

"It was put to us that he might be available but we've not made contact with his club Sevilla and, to be perfectly honest, I haven't sat down to discuss any transfer targets with our chairman Daniel Levy, apart from trying to do a deal with Joe Cole.

"I am not unhappy with the squad I have but of course if a special player came along I would look at it and Fabiano is a special player all right."



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