James Lawton: Treatment of Redknapp has been appalling
So there it is, Harry old boy, you didn't win enough of your last few games. You didn't keep your place at the top of the popularity parade. Another unhelpful factor, let's face it, was that after all that money spent on Fabio Capello, you were shaping up just a shade pricey.
Yes, we know you were a dream candidate when you walked down the steps of Southwark Crown Court a free man. You were a figure of destiny, then, the perfect choice to test the theory that all these years after Alf Ramsey, only another Englishman could get the best out of an English national side.
That, however, was only a compelling argument when Tottenham were lighting up the sky, at quite modest cost, with some of the most sparkling, intuitive football seen in the Premier League for years.