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Dawson sings Redknapp praises

Michael Dawson believes it is plain to see why Tottenham fans are so desperate for Harry Redknapp to snub the England job and remain at White Hart Lane.

Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to replace Fabio Capello as England boss after the Italian's shock resignation last week. Dawson has watched from close quarters how the 64-year-old former Portsmouth boss has transformed the club from relegation candidates to title contenders within just over three years - and understands why the fans want their manager to stay put.

"I think they realise what he has done since he came in," Dawson said. "We were in a bad situation, we were in a bad position in the league table, and the players - a lot of whom are here now - were playing below par."

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

The Spurs boss was absent from training for most of the last two and a half weeks while he was contesting two charges of tax evasion.

He was cleared of the charges on Wednesday morning and then gave an impromptu press conference on the steps of Southwark Crown Court, where he described the ordeal as a "nightmare".

Dawson revealed the squad watched Redknapp's emotional speech and admitted it was a relief to have their manager back.

He 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."

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