Harry Redknapp: Top four finish for Tottenham would be greater than winning Cup
Published 22:30 01/01/10 By Darren Lewis
Harry Redknapp believes Tottenham fans understand his intention to focus on a Champions League place rather than the FA Cup.
The Spurs boss intends to make changes ahead of today's clash against Peterborough in order to keep his top men fresh for the Premier League battle for fourth place.
Peterborough are at the foot of the Championship, and 40 places below the north Londoners, who are fourth in the top-flight.
Redknapp, who lifted the Cup with Portsmouth in May 2008, said: "The cup has always been a special thing and I'd love Tottenham to win it this year, it would be fantastic for us.
"But if we finish in the top four over the season that is probably a great achievement in all honesty, the way it is. It's so tough to do, whereas in the cup you can get the luck of the draws and make it. Finishing in the top four over the season is difficult.
"When was the last time Tottenham won? It was 1991. But apart from Everton no-one has been in that top four. No one else has broken in, that's how hard it is and it's going to be just as tough this year because there is real competition.
"Man City are going to be right in there, along with Aston Villa. Our fans would love to see us finish in the top four. The cup winners each year normally come out of that group. Portsmouth broke that mould one year but mostly it's the same teams."
Redknapp also paid tribute to the Posh boss Mark Cooper, insisting young managers today have far less time to make their mark on a club as an impatient industry judges them far too harshly.
He went on: "It's hard and it's getting harder. You look at Alan Irvine, he looked to be a fantastic manager at Preston and then he went this week.
"Your first big job is the one that you get judged on. If you go into a job with a chance of achieving something as a young manager and do well, then you're up and running.
"If you don't crack that first job, you're finished. Suddenly 'he's not up to it', that's how quickly people judge you. If you go to a club with no chance of being successful, and there are clubs like that - no matter how clever you think you are - it's very difficult."