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Redknapp leaves Tottenham

Harry Redknapp (right) left after failing to agree a contract extension.. Photo: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

He could have been preparing England for tomorrow's match at Euro 20-12.

Instead, he's looking for a new job. Harry Redknapp is no longer manager of Spurs.

The club confirmed his departure in a statement at half past three this morning.

It's thought his fate was sealed by Spurs' failure to qualify for the lucrative Champions League next season.

"This is not a decision the Board and I have taken lightly."

– Daniel Levy, Tottenham Chairman

In a statement, Tottenham's chairman Daniel Levy said, "This is not a decision the Board and I have taken lightly. Harry arrived at the Club at a time when his experience and approach was exactly what was needed. This decision in no way detracts from the excellent work Harry has done during his time with the Club and I should like to thank him for his achievements and contribution. Harry will always be welcome at the Lane."

The parting of the ways is reported to have come after Redknapp did not get the three-year contract extension he hoped for. The Tottenham board may have been disappointed that Spurs did not qualify for next season's Champions League. Fourth place would usually have been enough but their place was given to Chelsea after the Blues won the trophy last month. However, if Tottenham's form had not dipped alarmingly in the last few weeks of the season, they would have finished in the top three and qualified.

Redknapp turned Spurs into a top-five team. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Redknapp's overall record though will take some beating. He took over Spurs in 2008 when they were battling relegation and established them as one of the top five clubs in the country. In 2011, he guided them to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. And he did it by playing a brand of stylish attacking football that fitted Tottenham's tradition.

He spoke to reporters as he left his Bournemouth home this morning.

Everton manager David Moyes is the favourite to take over, ahead of Wigan boss Roberto Martinez. But whoever takes over will have some big boots to fill.