Saturday, 8 November 2008

City Boss Hughes Hails Redknapp Factor

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has hailed new Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash at the Eastlands Stadium, with Hughes claiming that the former Portsmouth manager has already got Spurs performing to the level they should have been under Juande Ramos.

Since Redknapp arrived at White Hart Lane from Pompey, Tottenham have beaten Bolton Wanderers and Liverpool, while drawing with North London rivals Arsenal in the Premiership. Spurs crushed Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 in the UEFA Cup on Thursday and look a far cry from the side that collected 2 points in 8 games under the hapless Spaniard in the league.

Hughes welcomes Spurs to the Eastlands fresh from City’s own victory in Europe, beaten former England manager Steve McClaren’s FC Twente side 3-2 on the same night. With the former Welsh boss also revealing that he believes the change in Tottenham’s fortune are all down to Redknapp and the way he has addressed the problems quickly at the North London club.

Hughes said: “Harry has managed to get positive results, which helps confidence. He had a group of players who were under-performing.

“What he has done is get them performing to a level they should have been at in the first place.

“Harry has come in and recognised what the problems were and addressed them quickly. As a consequence the players have started to play well again.”

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