Van der Vaart hails Harry
Rafael van der Vaart has expressed delight that Harry Redknapp is staying at Spurs, after the FA appointed Roy Hodgson as England manager.
Last Updated: 03/05/12 5:32pm
Rafael van der Vaart has expressed his delight that Harry Redknapp is staying at Tottenham after the Football Association appointed Roy Hodgson as England manager.
Redknapp was widely thought to be a shoo-in for the national team job after a media campaign that began as soon as Fabio Capello resigned in February.
But it emerged this week that the Spurs boss was never approached to take the England hot-seat, and Van der Vaart revealed that the whole club is delighted the FA decided to look elsewhere.
He said: "I think everybody is happy about it. He is a special manager.
"He's doing a fantastic job, and it's important for any club that a manager stays as long as possible, especially here.
"He always gives you a lot of confidence and it is not as though he is on your case the whole time. He talks with the players, we are really happy with him, and we want to fight for him."
But the 29-year-old denies that the uncertainty over their manager's future was to blame for the poor run of form that has led them to drop out of the top three and called their Champions League qualification in to question.
He continued: "The England situation wasn't a problem. We read the papers and knew he could go to the national team at the end of the season, but for us it has not been a problem.
"Sometimes you just have bad luck - like losing the semi-final against Chelsea with that goal that wasn't a goal. We have been unlucky and I hope the luck is back."