Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King has defended his manager Harry Redknapp following the drawn out link between the Spurs boss and the England job.
Spurs were flying high and were even touted as outsiders to push Manchester City and Manchester United for the Premier League title at one stage, before Redknapp was strongly linked with the Three Lions post.
The Lilywhites manager was the football betting favourite to take over the national side, following the resignation of the Italian Fabio Capello, but the FA decided to take their time to appoint a successor.
As we all know Roy Hodgson eventually was named as the next England manager despite the press very openly naming Redknapp as their soccer betting tips for the top job.
Even though he ended up staying at Tottneham the uncertainty surrounding Redknapp’s future at White Lane has been widely regarded asthe reason why Spurs went on a torrid run of form, and ultimately cost them Champions League football next season.
However, King has denied the England manager debacle had a major influence on Tottenham, who allowed their arch rivals Arsenal to claim third spot in the Premier League this season.
He told London24: “We went on a run of losing games, but we could quite easily have won them.
“We could have got points out of those games but at that moment in time things were going against us.
“It seemed like we were winning again once everything was settled with the England manager situation, but it’s a coincidence.
“I just think it was one of those things. It was a tough period – a little bit of a lack of confidence – but once we got that back we were back on a good run again.”