The FA's bizarre handling of the England boss vacancy could end up costing Spurs a lot more than a top four spot

The Harry Redknapp situation has been handled bizarrely to say the least.

And, unless Spurs can somehow turn their form around in their final four games, it will cost them their place in next season's Champions League.

The truth of the matter is that each of the three parties in the whole affair have been at pains to safeguard their own positions.

Nobody can blame Redknapp for being coy and diplomatic on the issue.

Few people in his shoes would have done anything differently being in one job and knowing they are the red-hot favourite for the biggest job in their chosen profession.

What happens next is for the people who want you to decide how to make their move.

But this is where the FA have been keen to protect their position. They have made it clear from the start that they do not want to be seen to disrupt the season of any club (although let's be honest, they were talking about Spurs) by approaching a manager before the end of the season.

And, to be fair, if Redknapp had been appointed on, say, February 10 or even after Spurs had beaten Newcastle 5-0, Tottenham fans - if the club had then gone on this poor run - would have pointed the finger squarely at the FA and blamed them.

So the FA have been covering their own backs until now by not only staying away but creating the illusion that there were other contenders.

The truth is that, after seeing the likes of Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Sir Alex Ferguson and even one of their own board members, Phil Gartside, endorsing Harry, could the FA really give us Roy Hodgson?

So Spurs and their fans have had to suffer in silence while the whole thing has affected their form. And it has. Tottenham have lost their cutting edge, their urgency, their discipline and their ability to kill teams off.

The talk that players have been leading a delegation to the chairman demanding Redknapp is frogmarched out of the training ground and replaced by a more committed, tactically aware manager, is complete utter garbage.

So too are both the idea that Redknapp has lost the plot and that the players are not good enough. This is the same Spurs squad that so many people said was arguably the best in the Premier League when they were going great guns in the first half of the season.

Yet they have handed Arsenal and their fans the chance to legitimately deride talk of a power shift in north London after seeing their ten-point lead wiped out and both the Gunners and Newcastle leapfrog them.

They have also given critics the ammunition to brand them chokers with their end-of-term collapse threatening to mirror the toothless display that cost them a top-four place last season.

Which takes us to the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. He can do nothing until approached by the FA. Yes, he could line up a replacement but Levy would want to be adequately compensated for surrendering Redknapp to the England job.

So the Spurs supremo has had to wait for the FA to make their move. And in the meantime the uncertainty has created a void into which Spurs have fallen.

Now, from being an outfit united enough to see it through, the north Londoners could be unrecognisable by the end of the summer,

Emmanuel Adebayor is set to go back to Manchester City, Jermain Defoe - quite rightly - wants to go somewhere where his goalscoring prowess will be appreciated on a more regular basis.

Louis Saha is not considered good enough to be handed an extension after his contract expires in the summer. It is unclear whether fans favourite Ledley King will get a new deal after his contract runs out in June.

Modric wants out, Ryan Nelsen is only on a short-term deal and Rafael van der Vaart has been hinting he could be up for a move back to Holland while Sandro's agent has been mischievously insisting he is "happy at  Spurs" but in the same breath insisting rival clubs are interested.

With player power on the upsurge these days it is hard enough for a manager to put the fear of God into a player anyway.

Stars who know neither they nor their manager may be around in the long term could be even harder to motivate.


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