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Redknapp: I'm going nowhere

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has laughed off rumours he is about to quit the club after the odds of him becoming the first Premier League manager to lose his job were slashed.

Bookmakers reduced the odds on Redknapp leaving White Hart Lane from 50-1 to evens - on a par with Hull City's Phil Brown and shorter than Paul Hart at Portsmouth - despite the manager having led Spurs to their best start for 50 years.

After taking a training session with the first team before leaving for Saturday's Premier League match against Bolton Wanderers a bewildered Redknapp dismissed the rumours.

He said: "I'm definitely not leaving. It's absolute nonsense. Absolute rubbish. I couldn't be happier than I am here. There's not a chance of that happening. I love it here and I have no intention of leaving. It couldn't have gone better for me."

Fan sites were awash with speculation, some suggesting Redknapp could be on his way back to Portsmouth for a third time in a bid to rescue the club which has gone seven matches without recording a point this season and which this week was unable to pay some of its players.

The Portsmouth situation was compounded when new Arab owner Sulaiman Al Fahim, who has promised a £50 million cash injection into the club, was taken to hospital with kidney stones.

Redknapp, whose Spurs side have won five of their first seven league matches this season, said: "I left Portsmouth more than a year ago. Hopefully, Portsmouth will get sorted out. I don't know where people dream these stories up from. I just hope the guy who is in hospital recovers and puts his money in and Portsmouth will be fine.

"It's been a difficult year for them. They've sold £80 million worth of players and it's sad to see them in that situation. I just hope the guy sticks to his word and gives Peter Storrie (Portsmouth chief executive) the help he needs to sort the club out."

Redknapp, who left Fratton Park just over a year ago, sympathised with Portsmouth manager Paul Hart.

"It's difficult for Harty," said Redknapp. "I took him there. It's just sad. As somebody said they've (Portsmouth) found the only Arab who seems to be struggling for money. Everybody else has got millions of it. It's sad to see them in that situation."

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