Unhappy Redknapp to read team the riot act

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is set to punish players involved in

a Christmas party organised behind his back last week and Robbie

Keane’s role as skipper could be under scrutiny.

Redknapp was furious to learn about reports of 16 of his

squad travelling to Dublin days before he insisted they would not

be allowed to celebrate excessively during the festive period.

The Spurs boss will wait until after this weekend’s Premier

League trip to Blackburn before deciding what action to take.

“It was wrong and it will be dealt with. Severely. It will be

dealt with,” Redknapp insisted.

“It’s being dealt with internally and we’ll keep it in-house.

I will be dealing with it after the weekend. We’ve got a game to

concentrate on – we’ll sort the game out, then I’ll sort them out.

Believe you me, it will get sorted out.

“I’m not happy, I’d be lying if I said I was happy. I didn’t

know anything about the trip at all if I’m perfectly truthful but

it’s done now and will be dealt with on Monday morning.”

Keane was said to have orchestrated the trip near to Dublin,

so Redknapp is likely to take a dim view if that is the case.

Keane could find himself on the bench at Ewood Park as Peter

Crouch and Jermain Defoe combined well during the defeat of

Manchester City on Wednesday.

Redknapp did select Keane for the defeat to Wolves – four

days after the Christmas party.

“It was the Tuesday and didn’t affect the result against

Wolves, we worked our socks off, but it doesn’t make it right,”

Redknapp added.

Redknapp has taken a strong anti-alcohol stance, particularly

after Ledley King’s arrest outside a London nightclub, and believes

Christmas parties should not be on the agenda.

“They are my views on it,” he said.

“They are more trouble than they are worth and it happens at

every football club unfortunately. Every club has had problems with


The news of the party has overshadowed the way Spurs bounced

back from defeat to Wolves with their performance against City,

which Redknapp rated as their finest of the season.

Redknapp has also been boosted by King returning to training

after a freak accident during a practice match that saw him injure

his knee. The centre-back could play one of Spurs’ two games over


“He’s a great player,” Redknapp said. “We need him back and

fit playing and he could play one game over Christmas.”

Luka Modric, however, has suffered a setback in his recovery

from a fractured fibula and has needed treatment on an ankle

complaint, ruling him out of the Blackburn trip.

Redknapp is hoping to maintain Spurs’ hopes of breaking into

the Champions League.

He added: “Everyone has thrown silly points away. Had we not

thrown away home games that we were not expected to lose, we could

have been sitting there a couple of points off the top. It is that


“But Blackburn is not an easy game. They should have beaten

Liverpool recently, I went to the game. Sam Allardyce is a good

manager and they know what they are doing for sure.”

Aaron Lennon has been in great form for Spurs and such is the

progress at White Hart Lane this season, Redknapp feels they would

be able to keep the England winger at the club if there is interest

from so-called bigger teams.

“Tottenham is a big boy,” Redknapp said.

“Man United have (Antonio) Valencia who they got in the

summer so they don’t need a right-winger. This is a big club.

“He’s still learning the game and getting better and better.

He can still keep improving.

“He is a fantastic talent but knows himself he is not the

finished article. There is still a long way to go but he’s getting


Redknapp is in the market for a central midfielder in January

and could also look at a back-up goalkeeper while Carlo Cudicini

recovers from injuries sustained in a motorbike accident – but he

has ruled out a move for Stipe Pletikosa from Spartak Moscow.

Pletikosa is also on the sidelines through injury and isn’t

expected to be fit until February.

“He’s way off, months away from being fit,” said Redknapp.

“He won’t be fit for January. Ben Alnwick has been in

terrific form. Jimmy Walker is a terrific professional so we have

back-up and Gomes has been in great form.”