‘Dumped’ Redknapp says he never wanted to leave Spurs

London: Fired Tottenham Hotspurs manager Harry Redknapp has said he never wanted to leave the club, but some people at the top of the club’s hierarchy didn’t like him.

Redknapp insisted he is still in love with football and would return to management soon, but hasn’t decided with which club.

“I didn’t want to leave, but they made a decision to go in a different direction. I want to get on with my life instead of moping about getting the sack,” Redknapp said.

“When people at the top don’t like you, what can you do about it? I have to respect it. I can’t do anything about that. It’s entirely up to the owner of the club. I was an employee, and if they want to go down a different road, they own the club,” he added.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy axed Redknapp with a year to go on his contract following weeks of speculation over the manager’s future. He led Spurs to the Champions League for the first time and finished fourth last season.

Spurs will pay him three million pounds in compensation.

“I’m still in love with football. I’m not fed up with it at all. My missus Sandra is going to be fed up with me for a little while because I’ll be under her feet for a bit, but not for long. I want to manage a club again. I’ve not given any thought to where — but I will be back,” he added.