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Redknapp: I'd have been sacked even if Tottenham had Champions League football

The Spurs boss has stated that even if Chelsea had not won Europe's premier club competition this season, he would have been moved on this summer by the club

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes that even if he had gone on to secure Champions League football, he still would have been sacked.

Chelsea robbed Tottenham of the privilege of playing in the Champions League next season after going on to beat Bayern Munich in the final on penalties, meaning that they took up the fourth place up for grabs for next season which saw the north London side demoted to the Europa League as a result.

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Redknapp believes that while that game may have had an impact on the side's prospects next season, his fate was already sealed long before Didier Drogba's winning spot-kick.

"We finished fourth and we were just unlucky in the end. I still think the same outcome would have come if Chelsea hadn't have won [the Champions League]. That's the feeling I got," Redknapp told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"Even if we had finished fourth [and got Champions League football], the chairman [Daniel Levy] would have gone down the same road he went down yesterday.

"As I say, that's football, I've had four great years here. All you can do is leave the club in better shape than you found it and one thing is I know I've done that, for sure."

When the topic of his future was brought up, though, the 65 year-old manager remained bullish on his job prospects, also hinting at a future tilt at the England job further down the line, despite being overlooked in favour of former West Brom boss Roy Hodgson this summer for the vacant post.

He added: "I feel great, I don't feel any different, so I'm ready. I love football, that's what keeps me going really.

"I love going in to work with the players every day, that's what I'll miss, but I'm not one for sitting at home to be fair.

"Alex Ferguson is in his 70's, he isn't coming towards the end of his career, he's still the best manager in the world.

"You look at the World Cup and you look at the senior managers there. No I'm not coming to the end, I'm as fit as a fiddle."

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Looking back on his four-year spell at the helm, Redknapp remained positive of the legacy that he has left behind, pointing to his achievements while in charge whilst also finding time to praise the support of the club's fans.

He stated: "I've had four fantastic years at Tottenham and absolutely loved every minute of it.

"It just couldn't have gone better for me and the football we played and finishing fourth a couple of years and fifth the other year was great.

"Great players, so I was lucky and I loved every minute of my time there. The fans have just been amazing for me.

"The support I got at the football club when things were difficult during this year, I'll never forget that, the way they treated me and that was very special, so I've got great memories and I had a great time there."

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