Source: Sunday People
Harry Redknapp’s son Jamie leaves a meeting with his dad’s boss – raising fears the England job is far from a done deal.
Tottenham manager Harry is favourite for the hotseat after the shock departure of Italian Fabio Capello from the £6million-a-year job 11 days ago.
But club chairman Daniel Levy is desperate to keep him.
And Jamie’s meeting with Mr Levy shows Spurs are putting up a fight.
Harry, 64, who has 15 months of his contract to run, is known to rely heavily on his son’s help and advice in business.
He said: “I speak to family really about big career decisions and changing jobs, Jamie more than anybody. I’d speak to him about it for sure. I’d stand on him more than anyone.”
And yesterday he confirmed any talk that he will be the next England boss was still speculation, saying: “Daniel wants me to stay. I know that. We talk every day.”
The People’s exclusive pictures show Jamie, 38, leaving London’s Cipriani restaurant five minutes before the Tottenham chairman on Thursday.
Their lunchtime meeting lasted nearly two hours.
One diner who saw the men said: “The two of them looked as though they had plenty to talk about.
“It seemed quite a friendly meeting but it was clear there were important things to discuss.”
A well-placed insider added: “Daniel and Jamie have talked several times before but the timing of the meeting has got to be significant.
“Daniel Levy has not ruled out keeping Harry Redknapp at Spurs and he is *prepared to fight tooth and nail to make him stay at the club.
“What we are seeing now is the early stage of a possible new financial package aimed at getting Harry to turn down the England job in favour of Tottenham.
“Daniel is nobody’s fool and won’t be held to ransom by anybody. But he also values what Harry has achieved at Spurs and is prepared now to come up with a package he hopes will persuade him to stay.”
Earlier this month Harry praised his boss for support and loyalty during a trial which ended with the manager being cleared of tax evasion.
And yesterday he cast doubt on *suggestions he will leave Spurs just to take over as England boss for the European Championships this summer.
He said: “In my opinion it’s a job that somebody has to do full-time.
“If somebody takes the England job to the end of the Euros and it doesn’t go well, where then? Back to your club with your tail *between your legs I suppose.
“Some people might see it as a good plan but it would be a tough one to take and go back to your club afterwards. If Sir Alex Ferguson struggled then it has to be tough, hasn’t it?”
He was referring to the dismal performance of Scotland in the 1986 World Cup. They exited after one draw and two losses despite being managed by Sir Alex, a legend for his successes at club level with Manchester United.
Harry added: “We’ve got a job to do here at Tottenham. I’ve not discussed anything with anyone outside of that. I’ve not had a conversation with anyone.”
Yesterday Jamie said of his father’s future at the club: “I don’t see him leaving Tottenham at least until the end of the season. He’s got a lot of respect for the chairman. It’s been a good relationship. I think he’s enjoying it there. I think he’s enjoyed the fact that everyone has stuck by him.”