Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has revealed that new Spurs manager Harry Redknapp’s ability to communicate with the squad at Spurs was key in his appointment to succeed Spaniard Juande Ramos at White Hart Lane.
Levy said: “He's a good communicator. We've learned over the last few years that communication with managers and players is vital. You can't underestimate that.”
The Tottenham chief has also revealed that Redknapp now at the helm of the North London club was the reason to scrap the role of sporting director at Spurs. With Redknapp’s knowledge of the transfer market eliminating the need of the continental system.
Former Portsmouth boss Redknapp has been told by Levy that he will have limited funds to work with in the January transfer window, with Levy claiming earlier on Thursday that all the main deals are done during the summer.
Levy defended the success of the sporting director role at Tottenham, with the chairman pointing out that Spurs have qualified for European football for three consecutive years with the system in place at White Hart Lane.
However, Levy has scrapped the system, while claiming that Redknapp “has certain abilities others haven’t” as a manager and insists the Redknapp will guide Tottenham up the Premier League.
“People have misunderstood the issue of the sporting director, they forget we had European football here for three years with a sporting director,” Levy said.
"It's not about coach v manager or a sporting director, it's about the right people.
“The difference between Harry and other coaches we've had here is that Harry has certain abilities others haven't - particularly the UK markets in terms of transfers.
“Other coaches have skills in terms of coaching but Harry has both."
“Harry is a very confident individual and that confidence feeds on to the players. That gives them confidence and they believe in themselves.
“We all know we've got a good squad. No way we should be in this position. I'm confident, with Harry and the players we've got, we'll be climbing up the the league.”