Harry Redknapp refuses to blame Tottenham form on England speculation

Players don't care if I'm in charge! Redknapp denies Spurs slump is down to England job

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13:34 GMT, 23 March 2012

Harry Redknapp has dismissed claims that Tottenham’s recent slump is linked to him being favourite to take over as England manager – and claims the players don't care who is in charge.

Spurs have won just one of their five Premier League games since Fabio Capello quit last month.

But Redknapp insists his side have struggled due to a difficult run of fixtures – not the ongoing speculation.

Dejected: Tottenham have slipped to fourth in the Premier League

Dejected: Tottenham have slipped to fourth in the Premier League

'[That's] the biggest load of nonsense I've ever heard in my life. They don't care whether I'm the manager next year, they wouldn't lose any sleep over that. Footballers are footballers: they play the game, they train every day.

'Someone else could come in here tomorrow … The king is dead, long live the king. That is football. They don't worry if Harry's going to England, or if he's going somewhere else. It doesn't happen that way. They don't think about that; I don't think about it.

'Whatever happens to me at the end of the season happens to me, I don't lose any sleep about it one way or the other.

'Tough games, tough games. Arsenal away, Man United at home, Everton away, three very, very tough fixtures. In all honesty you’d probably have taken three points from those games. We got none.'

Denial: Harry Redknapp (right) insists Spurs' form is not linked to speculation

Denial: Harry Redknapp (right) insists Spurs' form is not linked to speculation

Tottenham have slipped into fourth as
the race for Champions League qualification hots up. Spurs are five
points clear of Saturday's opponents Chelsea but have fallen behind
rivals Arsenal.

'It’s a big
game for us for sure,' said Redknapp. “We’ve got a lead over Chelsea
but we’ve got to maintain that lead. It’s going to be tight getting down
to the end of the season. The Champions League places are all up for
grabs now.

'It’s just closed up. From being 10 points clear we’re now only five points clear of Chelsea now. From being 10 points clear of Arsenal we’re suddenly behind Arsenal by a point.

'It’s not been ideal. Arsenal have been on an incredible run of winning games. We’ve struggled to pick up results the last few weeks.'