With the Premier League now past the halfway stage, Harry Redknapp has chosen the three clubs who he thinks will be relegated.
The out of work manager thinks not surprisingly that Aston Villa be one of the three, with only eight points after 20 games and already 11 points from safety, they need a miracle.
However, Harry Redknapp doesn’t point the finger of blame at the sacked Tim Sherwood or new man Remi Garde, rather he thinks that whoever was in charge of recruitment should get the bullet. They have got a rubbish set of players but I thought that in the summer Tim Sherwood was often quoted as having chosen the signings after the job he did to save them last season.
Taking the second relegation spot it is our friends from down the road.
Redknapp think Sunderland and Allardce will ‘make a fight’ of it but he thinks their luck has finally ran out this season after a number of years where the points off Newcastle have ended up keeping them up by the faintest of margins.
To take the last spot, Harry Redknapp thinks it will be between Swansea, Newcastle, Norwich and his old club Bournemouth.
If you look at the bottom of the table below, Norwich have a six point lead over Newcastle whilst Bournemouth have four points in hand. The way things are looking, these two might only need as few as four wins in the remaining matches to stay ahead of Newcastle, with a few draws thrown in as well.
Redknapp says he is ‘worried about Newcastle’ but in the final analysis he says that they shouldn’t be down at the bottom with the quality in the squad and he think the fans will help get the players ‘over the line’.
The former Spurs boss thinking managerless Swansea are currently most likely to join Villa and the Mackems.
Despite Chelsea’s current position, Harry Redknapp thinks they will be the story of the second half of the Premier league and soar into the top six by the final match.
Harry Redknapp speaking to The Telegraph:
“As for the bottom, it’s very tough to decide who the three will be, but I think Aston Villa are gone.
“I like Remi Garde but he has been given an impossible job there and the gap is too big for a team like that to close. It makes me cross when you think Tim Sherwood was sacked and the new manager has not managed to win a game because the players aren’t good enough. Whoever was in charge of recruitment there should be the one who loses their job, not the manager.
“As for who will join them, Sunderland are making a fight of it under Sam Allardyce and he has never been relegated, but I think their luck will run out this time.
“I’m worried about Newcastle…they should not be where they are in the table, but I think they have still got enough quality there and the crowd will pull them over the line.
“Norwich and Bournemouth could well be dragged back into trouble, but if I have to choose another team to go down, I think it will be Swansea City.”
Bottom of the Premier League, number of points after 20 games:
8 Aston Villa