Harry Redknapp believes Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would have been talking to Jose Mourinho ‘for weeks’ behind Mauricio Pochettino’s back.
Mourinho replaced Pochettino less than 12 hours after the Argentine coach was sacked on Tuesday night.
Speaking at Sportsmail’s ‘A Pint with Piers’ event in London, Redknapp revealed how he found out he was going to be sacked by Spurs in 2012.
Redknapp said: ‘When I was getting fired, I heard a few days before because I was told by two very well known football agents that they were talking to Carlo Ancelotti and Brendan Rodgers at the time.
‘Before I got the sack I was like you’re kidding. I had just got fourth in the league, got Champions League [qualification].
‘But Daniel decided he wanted to make a change. It’s like I said last night, people were saying I wonder who he will go for.
‘I knew he had already got someone, that’s how it works.
‘He would have been talking to Mourinho, it would have been dragging on for at least a week, maybe two or three.’
Peter Crouch also revealed how he felt the wrath of Levy whilst he was a player at Tottenham.
Crouch said: ‘Harry’s not the only one who has seen the ruthless side of Daniel Levy.
‘As soon as I got to 30, I was out and that is something he is going to have to change.
‘Pochettino wanted to bring in young players and he wanted to build a team.
‘Mourinho, traditionally, hasn’t done that. He will bring in 30-year-old ready-made players to win straight away.
‘That’s why he has been hired to get Tottenham into the top four this season. If he was thinking long-term, he would have maybe brought in Eddie Howe.
‘Around 2006, 07, 08 I was playing for England and we would share stories.
‘I was sitting with Joe Cole one day and John Terry and we asked them, what’s Mourinho like and they just couldn’t speak highly enough of him.
‘Cole said he went and knocked on his door because he hadn’t been playing and went in there all guns blazing to have it out with him. He said I’m going to need you in three weeks’ time.
‘Joe Cole said he needs me for that game, I’ll be ready for that game. He came out, baring in mind he would be dropped for the next three games, walking on air. He said it was the best.
‘He said he needed me for that particular game, bizarrely he had planned that far ahead and he did play in that game.
‘At the end of his time at Chelsea the second time and at Manchester United it was different.
‘I was just hearing negative stuff. It wasn’t the same Mourinho that was at Chelsea the first time by the sounds of the stories we used to hear.