Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville had a right barney over Tottenham's current plight on Monday Night Football two nights ago. The debate surrounded the club's current goals, and their struggle to juggle moving to a new stadium with trying to keep the team competitive and vying for the top honours.
Neville made the point that the current squad's resilience should not be downplayed especially given the Tottenham that he played against during his career:
Tottenham for 30 years were spineless and soft, flaky... rubbish. You could be 2-0 down against them and think you'd win 5-2, that's just the way they were. One little bump during the game and they'd fall over, pathetic.
A fairly damning portrayal of Spurs, and it hasn't gone down with former manager Harry Redknapp. Redknapp, who managed Tottenham from 2008 to 2012 appeared on TalkSport this morning, issuing a fierce rebuttal to Neville's comments:
I thought Gary’s comments were an absolute disgrace.
I can only comment on the three-and-a-half years I managed the club, and we weren’t gutless, we weren’t spineless, we weren’t pathetic, flaky or soft.
It’s a disgrace to label people like Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Ledley King, Rafa Van Der Vaart, William Gallas, it’s a disgrace to talk about players saying they’re spineless and gutless.
I was so disappointed and so upset by his comments. He was totally out of order.
Redknapp then took aim at Neville's time at Valencia, stating that his team was 'probably not just in the last 30 years but in their history'.
The 71-year-old also took exception to Neville's previous criticism of Spurs players, launching a staunch defence of Michael Dawson who Neville referred to as a 'bad apple':
I heard him about two years ago have a pop about a couple of players, saying Tottenham had got rid of some bad apples and mentioned Michael Dawson – he was one of the best pros I’ve come across in my life. I think he needs to do his homework before he comes out and makes comments like that and talks about people in that tone.
Redknapp went on to say he has the 'raving hump' with the former United captain, arguing that he was totally out of order in his comments:
I really wouldn’t want to speak to him to be honest.
I’ve got the raving needle with him, I think he’s totally out of order, I really do.
My son’s a pundit, so I know people have a right to their opinions and I don’t dispute that, but his opinion in this case is totally wrong, totally out of order.
The previous 26 years I can’t argue about, that’s up for other managers to say and I’m sure there are lots of people who were very aggrieved for him to say that about their teams and their players.
? 'Gary Neville’s comments are a DISGRACE'
?? 'He managed Valencia and when he did they were the worst Valencia team in their history'
— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) October 31, 2018
Despite Redknapp's anger over his comments, it appears that Neville does not make much of his swipe at the Sky Sports pundit, at least if emojis are anything to go by:
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) October 31, 2018