Can't agree with that. Too many people at Liverpool over the years have looked for excuses, and using a fella who coached us 20 years ago is about as far a stretch as you can get. He was a better manager for us than Juande Ramos was for Spurs five or six seasons ago. When Redknapp took over they were adrift at the bottom of the league.
It's not an excuse. He inherited a wonderful side, top of the league, with fantastic players. Overnight, a considerable number of players with limited experience and/or simply not good enough were signed, while those wonderful players were flogged to whoever wanted them, some of them across the road. Within months we lost to Peterborough in the League Cup, while Bristol City, Chesterfield, and the hapless Swindon Town gave us a bloody nose later on. The year he left, we finished 8th in the league.
Of course he's not solely to blame for all our troubles, but so much damage was done in those three years, that we've been playing catch up with the opposition ever since, on and in some cases, off the field. The day we win the league, will be the day we will have finally caught up. That could still be a while away.
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