Happy days here again for Je­nas

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JER­MAINE JE­NAS says Harry ‘Hou­dini’ Red­knapp’s big­gest trick has been to put a smile back on the faces of Tot­ten­ham’s play­ers.

Red­knapp has made an im­me­di­ate im­pact, lead­ing to victory over Bolton as well as that amaz­ing 4-4 draw at Arse­nal. The Spurs dress­ing room had been in dan­ger of fall­ing apart un­der for­mer man­ager Juande Ramos, but new boss Red­knapp has al­ready suc­ceeded in unit­ing ev­ery­body.

He told one player he could be the best in the world in his po­si­tion, and has had mo­ti­va­tional chats with oth­ers.

It has paid off for the likes of Luka Mo­dric, David Bent­ley and Tom Huddleston­e, who have all flour­ished.

“Harry’s knack is in his de­meanour, the per­son that he is,” said Je­nas. “Even the play­ers that aren’t play­ing seem to be happy. Harry is known for man-man­age­ment skills.

“We have got a lot of young play­ers who need an arm around them ev­ery now and again. Harry is the man for that.

“You can feel the be­lief com­ing from Harry while you are out on the pitch.

“You can feel the be­lief com­ing back in us, know­ing that we can get th­ese re­sults now. Con­fi­dence is chang­ing a lot of play­ers now and we are start­ing to play.”

David Bent­ley, who scored a stun­ning 40-yard vol­ley against his for­mer club Arse­nal, said: “It was prob­a­bly the best night of my ca­reer.

“Coach Clive Allen said keeper Manuel Al­mu­nia comes off his line and some­times right out to the edge of his box. That was still in my head as the ball sat up and I caught it per­fectly.”

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