Belfast Telegraph

Redknapp hails 'fantastic' Rodgers

Harry Redknapp has been astounded by Swansea's progress this season and has backed their boss Brendan Rodgers to manage at the highest level.

Rodgers guided Swansea to their first top-flight appearance since 1983 last summer after beating Reading in the npower Championship play-off final at Wembley.

"He's someone who has a fantastic future," Redknapp said.

Many expected the Welsh team to be relegated immediately, but they have defied their critics by performing well all season and they are now just one point short of the traditional safety mark of 40 points with eight matches of the Barclays Premier League season remaining.

Despite having just three full years of management experience, Rodgers has gained high praise for his ability to get his players to achieve results whilst remaining committed to an attractive brand of football - something many more experienced coaches have failed to do over the years.

Tottenham would have been expected to count on the two games against Swansea as bankers at the start of the season, but they could only draw at the Liberty Stadium in December and are by no means assured of victory when Rodgers' team visit White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The 39-year-old, who worked as part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff at Chelsea, is reportedly under consideration to take over at White Hart Lane should Redknapp depart for England this summer, and the current Spurs boss is a big fan of the Ulsterman.

"I don't know what his long-term plans are but certainly the job he has done at Swansea has just been amazing," said Redknapp.

"I remember speaking to Frank Lampard a few years ago when he was at Chelsea and he was telling me how good he was then.

"I just think it has been fantastic that a team can come up and play the way they have played, pass the ball as they do."


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