A day late, but this post is to celebrate Tottenham Hotspur finally making 4th place in the Premier League. If you don't know what this signifies, then you probably wont enjoy the rest of this post! Essentially, finishing 4th qualifies Spurs for the Champions League - the biggest club competition in the world.
Thanks very much Peter - that header is worth £50 millionHarry Redknapp is unlike the past 4 (permanent) Tottenham managers. He lacks suave, flashy tactics, and international acclaim, yet has already accomplished more than any manager since El Tel. Redknapp gets the best out of the players that he has, rather than trying to seek perfect football, or court countless foreign players that may well not thrive in the cold and rain of North London.
Hopefully his 4th place bonus means he can afford a new suit.
I have talked about the overachieving quality before, something that personally I value far more than all the talent in the world. It is about getting more out of the players, and the team as a whole, that must be the true aim of all coaches.
This time of year is full of joy for players and teams that have done well, finished higher than predicted, scored more goals, avoided the seemingly inevitable, and gained new contracts for the future. On the other side of the coin, it can also be a time of disappointment, sadness, and depression for those that have underachieved, been relegated, suffered with injury, or missed out on a professional contract.
Players that I have worked closely have fallen into one side or the other. There isn't much middle ground here. Players in the first group - well done, enjoy yourself, then push on to the next level. To those in the second group, my thoughts are with you and good luck in the next step in your career. Don't give up, and certainly don't let a stray shot hit the gaffer.