Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp: Pre-match handshake is not important

The Spurs boss has spoken out after Luis Suarez snubbed Patrice Evra's handshake, stating that the ceremonial process is not important and only leads to unnecessary trouble
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has admitted that he feels players shaking hands before matches is not important and only leads to unnecessary fallouts.

This comes after Luis Suarez refused to shake hands with Patrice Evra before Manchester United’s home clash with Liverpool on Saturday, a game that saw the striker make his first start following an eight-game ban after being found guilty of racially abusing the Frenchman last October.

“I think we've had a few problems with it,” Redknapp stated regarding pre-match handshakes.

“I think players shake hands at the end of the game and they should shake hands. But before the game it's not something I personally think is that important.

“I think it's become a problem, it's not the first one. It's probably the third incident we've had. Every time there's a big fallout and we don't need that, really.

“We've all fallen out with people, but I've never had somebody I wouldn't want to shake hands with. But it's up to the individual. You knew today was going to be a problem – the problem was going to be highlighted and it was.”

Redknapp also praised his Tottenham side following their 5-0 win over Newcastle United, reserving special praise for strike duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Louis Saha.

“We played some great stuff," he said. "There's some quality players here, as I say. They can pass, they can play, they work hard. Adebayor today was at his best. In that first 20 minutes he gave them massive problems with Saha.

“It was a good all round performance. They're good days, you have to enjoy the good ones.”

The Spurs boss, when asked of the club's ambitions if £70 million were to be invested, announced his support for chairman Daniel Levy and insists that the club is run well.

“I don't think the club would ever put themselves in trouble," Redknapp added. "He [chairman Daniel Levy] doesn't run the club that way, he runs the club correctly here. It's a well run club, that's for sure and that's how it should be. I don't think he'd ever put the club in trouble.

“At the moment we hold 36,000 people. I think when they get a 66,000 stadium, I think it will be different again.

“They've invested big over the years, they've invested without being able to invest like the Manchester Citys of this world but they've invested in top players and I'm sure they'll continue to do that.”