By Greg Stobart and Wayne Veysey
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will hold summit talks on Friday with chairman Daniel Levy over his future at the club, Goal.com can reveal.
The relationship between the pair is thought to be at its lowest point following Redknapp’s public flirtation with the England job and the team’s end-of-season slump.
Redknapp is believed to be concerned about whether he has the backing of the board, with Levy yet to offer him a new contract despite the fact his current deal expires next summer.
“There is no doubt that there are some issues between them that need to be resolved,” a Tottenham insider told Goal.com. “The desire and expectation on both parts is that the talks can be positive so we can clear the air and get on with preparing for next season.”
Levy is likely to indicate to Redknapp that he is willing to offer the 65-year-old a one-year contract extension as he looks to settle the differences that have resulted in the deterioration of their already-strained relationship since February.
The Spurs chairman believes Redknapp deserves a new deal after guiding the club to two top-four finishes in the last three seasons, even though Chelsea’s Champions League win has relegated the north London club to the Europa League next term.
But Levy is understood to have reservations over whether Redknapp is the right man to take Spurs forward in the long term, after the side threw away a 10-point lead over Arsenal to miss out on third place in the Premier League.
Executives at White Hart Lane feel Redknapp lost focus following the resignation of Fabio Capello as England manager in February, while concerns have been expressed about match preparation, training and tactics.
Levy was at one stage desperate to keep Redknapp from the clutches of the Football Association and prepared a four-year contract worth nearly €20 million (£16m) for the former Portsmouth boss.
But Redknapp - who rejected those advances as he held out for an approach from the FA - would now have to settle for a maximum offer of a two-year deal on similar terms to his current salary, which is worth €3.8m (£3.1m) plus bonuses.
Redknapp believes such an offer would fail to recognise his achievements at Spurs since taking over when they were bottom of the league in October 2008. He has made no secret of his desire for a new contract since Roy Hodgson was appointed as the new manager of the Three Lions at the start of May.
There is also tension over the club’s work in the transfer market, where Levy is driving the summer business, which includes a protracted pursuit of Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen, leaving Redknapp feeling isolated and out of the loop.
There were suggestions last week that Redknapp had taken an impromptu break abroad to ‘clear his head’ amid concerns over his future and both he and Levy are keen to clear the air and move forward.
When Redknapp was the leading candidate for the England job, Spurs made progress in sounding out a number of potential replacements. Brendan Rodgers, who is set to be appointed as Liverpool manager on Thursday, was the preferred choice while Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is also admired within White Hart Lane.
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