QPR boss Harry Redknapp: My Spurs exit was 'political'

Harry Redknapp, Queens Park Rangers manager, believes his Spurs exit was 'political' Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Harry Redknapp bears no ill-feeling for his unexpected departure from Tottenham for reasons he suspects were "political". Redknapp will faces his former club for the first time at 12.45pm since being fired last June when QPR host Spurs in a Barclays Premier League clash at Loftus Road.

"I've got my own feeling on what happened at Tottenham, but it's difficult to say. It was political," said the QPR boss, who was also cleared of tax evasion and underwent heart surgery last season.

"I didn't have an inkling it would happen. I went to see (chief executive) Daniel Levy about signing a new contract and that was it.

The 65-year-old's departure from White Hart Lane came despite having guided the club to a fourth-place finish, claiming a Champions League place that was snatched by Chelsea when they won the competition.

Contributing to his abrupt change of fortunes was the Football Association's decision to appoint Roy Hodgson as England coach and not the clear favourite for the post.For more on football read ITV Sport.