Harry uncertainty to blame, says Modric

Modric...advocate of monkey managers (Image credit: apasciuto)

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric believes that uncertainty over Harry Redknapp’s future has unsettled the side.

Sunday’s 5-1 defeat against Manchester City at White Hart Lane left Spurs rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, prompting Redknapp to suggest during a post-match interview that the destabilising effects of Modric’s potential move to Chelsea were to blame.

However, the Croatian has turned the situation round on his manager in what is already being described in this sentence as an astonishing turnaround.

Modric said: “It’s probably the worst pre-season I’ve had. I’ve not enjoyed it one bit – ‘is Harry staying out, is he going down?’ every day, non-stop.

“I spoke to him on the morning before the game and he told me he didn’t know if he was right to play me alongside fellow playmaker Niko Kranjčar in central midfield against Yaya Toure, Gareth Barry, Samir Nasri, David Silva and Sergio Aguero…or not.

“It’s not ideal.”

He continued: “When a manager wants to be somewhere else, sometimes it’s better to pay off his lucrative contract and allow him to concentrate on assembling a team of lawyers that would make Mr Burns cower with fright.

“Quite frankly, if we really need someone in charge who provides us with no tactical guidance other than ‘get out there and do your best’, we could just give a tape recorder to a monkey.

“It’s not ideal.”

When pressed for his reaction, Redknapp said: “Not now, sonny Jim. I’m too busy being disgusted about people discussing one of my players in the media.”

He added: “But yeah, I’d love Scotty Parker here. He’s a t’riffic player.”