Gomes one of the best – Redknapp

Redknapp arrived after Spurs’ disastrous start to last season and

Gomes’ lack of confidence was one of the problems he faced, with

the 29-year-old’s horrendous error at Fulham the worst of his

blunders. Gomes is back at Craven Cottage on Saturday evening at

the top of his game after a host of fine performances during the

current campaign. “He’s certainly been one of the best, he’s up

there with the best of them at the moment,” Redknapp said. Redknapp

points to the work of Tony Parks to explain Gomes’ turnaround, as

well as the injection of competition following the arrival of Carlo

Cudicini, who is now out for the season following a motorbike

accident. “When I first came here, I did think maybe we needed

(another goalkeeper),” Redknapp said. “I bought Carlo in, I thought

Carlo was a big influence as well, because suddenly he pushed him

for his place, and got in the team as well. Redknapp added: “He

(Gomes) wasn’t showing me what everybody had told me about him, the

reports were that he was a world-class goalkeeper, from people who

I respected. “And he was just having a bad time, his confidence was

shot – but since then he’s shown just how good he is, he’s been

fantastic. “I think I just kept picking him, that was the key. And

then I brought Tony Parks in to work with him which was a big

change.” Gomes is one of 12 fit senior players for the FA Cup

quarter-final, with Jermain Defoe the latest injury concern after

returning from England duty with hamstring problems. Redknapp is

aware how difficult Fulham are to beat, especially with Roy Hodgson

in charge. The Spurs boss is not shocked to hear that Hodgson has

been linked with coaching Britain’s 2012 Olympic football team.

“There’s every chance that he should be, sure, it’s not a

surprise,” he said. Redknapp and Hodgson have both been mentioned

as eventual England managers, but the Spurs boss, who lives in

Poole, said: “No, I’m going to manage Swanage. That’s where I’ll

finish, I’ve always said that. “My wife’s been taking rowing

lessons – she can row me over there for training. Swanage is

perfect for me, just over the water there. Tuesday and Thursday

nights, a bit of training with the boys. That’s where I want to

be.”