Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp targets early return

Harry Redknapp

Recovering Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp remains hopeful of making a return to the touchline for Spurs' next match, according to assistant manager Kevin Bond.

Redknapp has missed the north-London club's last two games after he underwent minor heart surgery last week.

The 64-year-old has been advised by doctors to rest for up to five weeks, however, he could be back at work when Spurs host Aston Villa on November 21.

The international break has allowed Redknapp extra time in his recovery and while Bond stressed his boss would heed the medics' advice, he admitted Redknapp was targeting a return against Villa.

“Whatever the doctors say, he needs to take his lead from them,” said Bond.

“These people know best and he might have to take a little bit longer.

“He's hoping that he will be back for our next game. I know initially that was his thoughts, that he would be back for the Villa game.

“If it needs to be longer, he will have to listen to those guys.”

In Redknapp's absence Bond has taken on the managerial responsibilities alongside Joe Jordan and Clive Allen.

They masterminded the 3-1 success over Fulham on Sunday and Bond admitted the trio were content to stay in charge until Redknapp was fit to return.

“That's what Joe, myself and Clive and the other members of the coaching staff will do,” said Bond.

“We will try and keep it going. Hopefully Harry will be back for our next game.

“The players know what is expected and all we will try to do is to keep things going as sweetly as we can until Harry returns.”

Spurs' win at the weekend was their seventh in their past eight games to leave them outside the Premier League's top four on goal difference only.

With a game in hand they are well placed to jump above fourth-placed Chelsea and defender Ledley King believes they can be the capital club to break Manchester's dominance of the title race.

Manchester City and United are positioned first and second in the table, but King insists Tottenham are ready to restore pride in the capital.

“I hope we can become the biggest challenger to the Manchester teams,” he said.

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