Tottenham has been soft for the past forty years: Roy Keane and Jamie Redknapp collide with Sky AGAIN
Jamie Redknapp and Roy Keane were embroiled in another tense war of words on Sky Sports’ Super Sunday program when they talked about Tottenham’s decline in title challenger.
Redknapp’s former club Spurs faced Premier League action against Keane’s longtime employer Manchester United on Sunday, and both Sky Sports pundits were in North London to set up the game.
The feud between the two began during a debate at the beginning of the program about a possible softness on this side of Tottenham, with Keane saying there was a vulnerable side to Spurs ‘in the past 40 years’.
Roy Keane (second left) and Jamie Redknapp (far right) were involved in another Sky Sports row in the air discussing Tottenham
Keane (above) spoke of Tottenham’s shift from title challengers to outside the top four
Keane said on Sky Sports, “There is a softness to this Spurs team. Yes Jamie, they made it to the Champions League final the year before (Jose Mourinho arrived), but they were lucky enough to make it to that final.
‘Moreover, reaching the final is like being at the top of the competition in November. They reached the final but were defeated in the final.
‘Why are we talking about Mourinho here? Trying to make it to a final is all about winning the damn thing.
And when Mourinho leaves, there will still be softness for this Spurs team. That depends on the players. ‘
Redknapp has defended Tottenham’s teams for the past few years and criticized manager Jose Mourinho
Redknapp, who played for Spurs in the 1990s and 2000s and whose father Harry ran the club, replied, ‘So they’ve been soft for the past few years? No, I don’t have it.
So then they got into the Champions League quarter finals with Bale and Modric? That was a good team. You can’t say they were always soft, Roy. They’ve had some great teams over the years.
They’re not as good as United, they are not as good as City, but they haven’t spent the money from those teams.
Keane then said, ‘If the quarter finals are a success, then you can have your success.
When they played against West Ham, they were 3-0 ahead (and tied 3-3). Do you think that is up to the manager? Get the job done.
Keane claimed that Tottenham had been weak for 40 years and Jose Mourinho
Redknapp (right) played for Tottenham in his career and his father Harry (left) led Spurs
‘You have experienced international players there. Are you telling me they can’t do that? Leopards don’t change places, there is a softness to Spurs and there will be at this club for the next 40 years. ‘
Instead, Redknapp targeted Spurs boss Mourinho for their failure, especially given the way he blames his players for defeat.
The Sky expert said, “Now when I look at Jose, he just goes back to typing if something goes wrong.
You can’t deny his track record, he’s one of the best managers we’ve ever seen in football if he wins. But when it comes the other way around, you learn a lot about a manager.
‘It’s just typical of what Jose Mourinho does. As soon as something goes wrong he’ll throw players under the bus and if I was in that locker room I’d ask him why.
‘You are the special one. Why can’t you make us better? Why do we keep against goals with 20 minutes or 10 minutes left in games? That’s what you’re good at, setting up the team to make sure it doesn’t happen.
Redknapp said Spurs boss Mourinho should stop blaming his players for Spurs’ bad form
So he has to take a tremendous amount of responsibility. He needs to do better with the team he has. ‘
Just a few minutes earlier, Keane had joked about Tottenham’s shift from table heads to outside the top four, saying: “It’s always great to be at the top of the league in November. A vital time of the season that. A lot of teams are top in November, aren’t they? ‘
Redknapp then replied, ‘Okay, are you on it today? There were people who gave them (Tottenham) the trophy at that stage. They already had the picture with the trophy. ‘
Keane said sharply, “Not me. I didn’t think they would win the competition – relax, “which prompted Redknapp to say,” Don’t start over. ‘
Before coverage began, fellow Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards joked that both Redknapp and Keane were ready for a fight in the air and introduced the pair as a boxing match.
Richards asked Keane, ‘Have you calmed down? You are never calm. They brought me in today – I’m not part of a team (involved on Super Sunday) – to calm things down. ‘
Redknapp strongly disagreed with Keane about Tottenham’s potential in February
Redknapp then pitched, ‘It’s a problem for you (Richards) today. It’s a love triangle – we’re going to learn a lot about you today. You don’t know which way to go, do you? ‘
The front row of the season between Keane and Redknapp came in late February when we discussed Tottenham’s quality in their squad – the former claiming that no one but Harry Kane or Son Heung-min would play for any other top side.
Redknapp took offense at those comments and fought back by saying people like Toby Alderweireld and Sergio Reguilon were good players because of their international standing.
Keane then said, “If you don’t play for your country now, you’re a bad player.”