Happy days here again for Jenas
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.”