Redknapp in blast at Corluka after defender blames boss for Spurs slump
21:30 GMT, 27 April 2012
Harry Redknapp has dismissed as ‘nonsense’ Vedran Corluka’s claim that Tottenham’s season has stalled because the manager failed to rotate his squad.
The Croatia defender reckons Spurs are tired and paying the price for letting him go on loan to Bayer Leverkusen in January.
Spurs could drop to sixth before tomorrow’s home game against Blackburn after a run of one league win in nine but Redknapp insists he is happy with the way he has managed the season.
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He said: ‘When you lose a few, everyone suddenly has something to say. I didn’t hear anyone complaining a month ago when we were beating everyone and flying.
‘Most of the players have probably played 30 games. I didn’t play any of them in the UEFA Cup or FA Cup, and no player has said to me, “Gaffer, I’m tired”.
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Frank Lampard plays how many games a season Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra are not rotated, so it’s a load of nonsense. It’s an excuse.’
Redknapp also revealed he made a move to sign Carlos Tevez in January and insists Spurs need to strengthen in the summer.
He said: ‘We need to bring a couple of quality players in. I said to the chairman, “Can you get me Tevez” ‘It wasn’t possible, but that was my dream. His wages are whatever, 200,000 a week, it’s not possible at Tottenham to buy him. It was me thinking, “He’s not in the team, he’s fallen out with Mancini”. You don’t know, do you, unless you ask.’
Meanwhile, Blackburn boss Steve Kean has revealed he’s attempted to deal with the pressure of the relegation fight by playing guitar. He added: ‘Tottenham are going for a big prize but ours is bigger. Players know the consequences of not being in the top division.’