Dicks: Redknapp should scoop top manager prize

Former West Ham United defender Julian Dicks believes his former manager Harry Redknapp deserves to be named manager of the year following his exploits at Tottenham Hotspur this season.

Redknapp left 2008 FA Cup winners Portsmouth in October to join a struggling Spurs side sitting bottom of the table having amassed just two points from their opening eight league games under Juande Ramos.

But the ex-Bournemouth boss has since worked wonders at the White Hart Lane outfit, helping the club reach the Carling Cup final and bounce back in the Premier League to the extent that they could yet qualify for Europe next season.

And Dicks, nicknamed 'The Terminator', who made 262 appearances and scored 50 goals for the Hammers, believes his old boss deserves the award ahead of Manchester United chief Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Scot is expected to win his 11th Premier League crown on Saturday and is on course for a quadruple of trophies in 2008/09 should they beat Barcelona in the Champions League final.

"There are a lot of deserving cases this year and Sir Alex will probably be favourite if he adds the Premier League and Champions League to the Carling Cup and World Club Cup," he said.

"But you can't take away the success Harry's had at Spurs.

"They were bottom of the table with two points from eight games and he has taken them to the brink of a place in Europe.

"He deserves all the recognition going."


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