IT wasn't that long ago that we here at The Week in Sport, along with many other commentators, were marvelling at the quality of football being played by Tottenham Hotspur under the leadership of Harry Redknapp. A title challenge didn't seem out of the question. Third place looked assured.
The biggest repercussion of the FA'S decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy, however, turns out not to have been the resignation of Fabio Capello, rather it has been the disintrigation of Spurs' title challenge in the shadow of the will he / won't he saga surrounding Redknapp and the England job.
Spurs have had a few injuries and suspensions that have upset their plans somewhat, but the instability at the top of the club has to be a factor in their recent decline – it's not good for players, who crave certainty, not to know if the manager will be there in three months time.
Time is fast approaching for Redknapp to make his mind up: England yes or no?