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The Spurs defender praises the job the 64-year-old has done at White Hart Lane and says the squad are glad to have him back after his tax evasion trial

Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson is not surprised that the clubs fans are keen for Harry Redknapp to snub the FA's advances over the vacant England manager's post.

Redknapp remains the overwhelming favourite to become the next Three Lions boss, after Fabio Capello resigned last week, a notion enhanced by his side’s 5-0 demolition of Newcastle on Saturday evening.

The Spurs fans made an emotional plea to Redknapp to stay in that game, and Dawson knows exactly why he is so popular at White Hart Lane.

“I think they realise what he has done since he came in,” he told the Press Association.

“We were in a bad situation. We were in a bad position in the league table and the players – a lot of whom are still here – were playing below par.

“He has lifted everyone, so of course the fans are going to be happy when we put in performances like we did on Saturday and when they see where we are in the league."

Tottenham are currently third in the league and look destined to secure a top-four finish and Champions League qualification for next season, sitting seven points off leaders Manchester City but ten clear of Arsenal in fourth.

Spurs have also been without their manager for much of the past two weeks, whilst Redknapp was on trial for tax evasion.

However, He was cleared of all charges and Dawson revealed that the squad were watching events unfold intently, and are glad to have their manager back.

Dawson added: “We saw the gaffer’s press conference the other day and you could see it was a big [weight] off his shoulders.

“It’s nice to have him back in training. We haven’t seen him for a little while.”

Spurs have a tough run of fixtures coming up. After their FA Cup game against Stevenage, they face Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton in their next three league games.

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