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Redknapp lauds Swans boss Rodgers

TOTTENHAM boss Harry Redknapp was full of praise for Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers following the Premier League match between the two sides yesterday.

Redknapp's Spurs team ran out 3-1 winners at White Hart Lane thanks to a strike from Rafael van der Vaart and two Emmanuel Adebayor headers, but Swansea played football in the manner which has earned them plaudits all season.

With Redknapp still favourite to fill the vacant England manager's position, 39-year-old Rodgers has been tipped to replace him at Spurs.

Redknapp said: "I'm a big fan of his. I think he is fantastic. Not just now, young Frank (Lampard) worked with him at Chelsea and spoke highly of him.


"Frank (Lampard) senior worked with him at Watford and then went to Reading with him, and he used to tell me how good he was. He is spot on I think, you have got to look at the way he has got them playing. I think it is fantastic, I really do."

Rodgers has spent very little money in building a team praised for their easy-on-the-eye style and has guided the Swans to 11th position.

"I can't speak highly enough of the job he has done there," Redknapp added. "He has got players playing that have come from Torquay, Stockport County, everywhere. They play, they pass the ball and they take risks on the ball.

"If we could get youth teams playing that way I think the game would be a much better game."

Rodgers himself has played down speculation linking him to a bigger job after he was rumoured to be on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's shortlist before seemingly heading the queue to replace Redknapp.

The former Reading boss was delighted with his players' efforts.

He said: "For a team that has just been promoted from the Championship to come here and actually play how these players have played is fantastic and I'm proud of them.

"The overall objective for us is to stay in this league and, if we can consolidate that in the next number of games, it'll be a monumental effort by the players. That is our only aim."