Tuesday 21 November 2017

Professor Wenger now as nutty as the rest of the idiots -- Redknapp

Sam Wallace

TOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp has pointed towards Arsene Wenger as an example of how pressure affects those in charge of Premier League clubs, jokingly describing his Arsenal counterpart as a "nutter" compared to the image of the Frenchman 14 years ago.

Wenger arrived in England as a calculated 'professor' of football, yet his passion for winning has never been questioned, especially since 2005 when he won his last trophy.

This week, he has been fined and given a touchline ban by the English FA for his conduct towards the fourth official when Sunderland scored an injury-time equaliser against Arsenal.

"We can all remember when Arsene first came to England and they said that he was like a professor watching the game, and all the other nutters are jumping up and down shouting and screaming, hollering and hooting and this man is not like those idiots," Redknapp said.

"He just sits there and is studying every move that goes on the pitch like chess. They never lost a game all season.

"Now he has joined the nutters. In fact, he is one of the key nutters," joked Redknapp.

Redknapp's next opponent is his friend Avram Grant.

Grant, who worked with Redknapp at Pompey, has remained calm about his West Ham side's start to the season that has left them bottom after five games with just one point.

The Hammers manager's optimism stems from the form of midfielder Scott Parker, who was the subject of a failed £7m bid from Spurs in the summer.

The Hammers accused Spurs of unsettling the 29-year-old, who has since signed a new contract to remain at Upton Park until 2014. "They knew our financial situation and they tried to take advantage of this, but I'm very happy," Grant said. "Other clubs wanted him also. There's a lot of talk about money in football, I think money is important but I don't think it's everything.

"I don't want players who say 'they are paying me 100 more there, so I will go' or 'they're paying me less, so I won't go there'. They need to see everything, the picture, what is the vision of the club. Scott Parker saw all the picture and he stayed."

Redknapp has made no secret of his admiration for the midfielder, although he feels accusations of unsettling Parker are unfair.

"Agents speak to managers, don't they? They ring a manager and say: 'Are you interested in X or Y?', and the manager says, 'yeah'," Redknapp said.

"If they do Ashley Cole (for tapping-up) then they should be doing every club, really, because it happens."

Irish Independent

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