Harry is a master tactician! Anyone who thinks otherwise is wrong, says Jordan
01:04 GMT, 15 July 2012
Joe Jordan does not waste time on regrets. If there is even one on his mind, it is between him and his maker.
But his frustration at being on the sidelines has increased since he trailed Harry Redknapp out of Tottenham alongside Kevin Bond and Clive Allen nearly five weeks ago in what were the sackings that took football by surprise.
Master tactician: Joe Jordan (left) believes Harry Redknapp is an adept tactician
For Jordan a spell of enforced DIY and tidying his West Country garden has also given him time to reflect on seven years as Redknapp’s senior coach.
The Scot can offer a unique insight into Redknapp’s managerial style. ‘Some of the things I’ve read since Harry left have made me chuckle,’ he said.
‘We were told he was not only being replaced by a younger man [Andre Villas-Boas], but a young man who was a tactician.
‘It suggests some people don’t rate Harry on tactics. That would be wrong.
'They say his style is about motivation, but he’s far more than being purely a motivator.
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‘No one who knows him or has worked with him would think that. Harry spends a lot of time on preparation.
'He keeps the game simple and wants the players to enjoy what they’re doing. He lets them play and is confident in their ability.
‘They will have responsibilities, but he thinks long and hard about who he names, the teams he wants and the best way to take on the opposition.
You cannot possibly say he is anything other than very tactically aware.
‘He is a brave manager who’ll change things when needed. If it means changing, say, from three defenders he will make that decision.
‘He can blend players, form partnerships. He can mentally picture a Rafael van der Vaart working with a Peter Crouch and scoring goals from the start.
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‘He has a great memory and will recall a player he saw only once 10 years earlier.’
Jordan has no idea why Spurs dismissed one of England’s top managers after the club’s second top-four finish.
He added: ‘There was a blip, there was the link with the England job, but none of it affected the team. We were still playing well but just not scoring goals.
‘The disappointment was missing out on the Champions League because of Chelsea’s success.
‘Harry’s legacy is a squad that can take the title back to Spurs.’
The frustration for Jordan becomes more intense the nearer the new season approaches and the garden continues to look trim.
‘I’ll keep fit, I will watch matches, I’ll keep in touch with the game. I want to work and so, I think, does Harry.’