June 13th, 2012

football | tottenham hotspur

You Never Had It So Good, 'Arry!

Redknapp 'to leave Spurs'
Spurs boss expected to exit White Hart Lane on Thursday

Sky Sports sources understand Harry Redknapp is set to leave Tottenham Hotspur after nearly four years in charge at White Hart Lane.

Speculation about Redknapp's future has been building steadily since the end of the season, with reports suggesting that relationships have become strained over contract negotiations.

The 65-year-old's current deal expires next summer and he has previously made it clear that he would like to be offered a longer agreement.

Redknapp has also stressed in the past that he has no problem with chairman Daniel Levy, and dismissed claims earlier this week that he had resigned.

But while he had wanted to remain at Spurs, it is thought they have now decided to part ways following a meeting between Levy and Redknapp on Wednesday.

It is understood that a severance package is being discussed and Redknapp will officially leave the club by the end of Thursday.

Redknapp did achieve Levy's goal of reaching the top four last term, but Spurs missed out on playing in the UEFA Champions League after Chelsea's penalty shoot-out win over Bayern Munich.

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Saw this coming since last week. Not surprised in the least. The summer managerial merry-go-round continues!
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Things that are actually insane: Euro 2012 tie-breaking criteria

I spent a lot of time trying to understand this and thought other people might enjoy it:

1, Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question

2, Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question (if more than two teams finish equal on points); 
3, Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question (if more than two teams finish equal on points); 
4, If, after having applied criteria 1 to 3, two teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the two teams in question to determine the final rankings of the two teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, the following criteria 5 to 9 apply in the order given: 
5, superior goal difference in all group matches; 
6, higher number of goals scored in all group matches; 
7, position in the Uefa national team coefficient ranking system; 
8, fair play conduct of the teams (final tournament); 
9, drawing of lots.
 


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EDIT ONE THING: Guys, these are the current rules. Article 8.07 of the EURO 2012 regulation pdf (approved in 2010) doesn't list criteria #4, but if you scroll all the way down there's an ammendment from March 2012, to come into effect immediately, adding it ;) Hope that cleared it!