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Jun, 15, 2012

Redknapp blames 'people at top' for exit

Outgoing Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has told reporters that there was nothing he could have done about his exit from the club, stating that his dismissal was merely the preference of "people at the top".

Redknapp, 65, who left Tottenham on Wednesday, guided the side to fourth in the Premier League, but missed out on Champions League qualification due to Chelsea's triumph in Munich

Redknapp told The Sun: "I won't slit my throat over it. I want to get on with my life instead of moping about getting the sack. I loved every minute of my time at Spurs and I've no regrets whatsoever. I don't feel bitter, nor regretful, there's no confusion or anger."

He added: "When people at the top don't like you, what can you do about it? I have to respect it. I can't do anything about that."

With Tottenham comfortably in third place in February, Redknapp was linked with the England job following Fabio Capello's resignation, a precursor to Tottenham's season falling away.

The former Portsmouth manager, though, does not believe that he, or his side, took their foot off the pedal with the rumours of an exit mounting.

In a separate interview, he told the Daily Mail: "These are strange, unexpected circumstances to be leaving now. We did a good job. If someone had offered me fourth place before the season started, I'd have taken it."

"People read all these different things into how our season ended, but I know the reality. When you end up with two free transfers playing centre half, as we did at times, that is going to have an impact.

"I will never accept that we just played badly, or that I lost focus. I look at all the things, the games we should have won, where we had massive possession, deflected goals, the team that comes sixth winning the Champions League. It's not as simple as is being made out."

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