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    Luis Suarez: Has a fan in Redknapp

    Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp regrets not beating Liverpool to the signing of Luis Suarez.
    The Reds secured the Uruguay striker's signature last January and soon after added Andy Carroll to their squad following the 50million sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea.
    Suarez quickly became a fans' favourite following a good start to his career at Anfield and he has continued to impress this term, scoring three times in Liverpool's opening five games.
    Redknapp was desperate to sign a frontman in January after he realised Peter Crouch could not provide him with the goals his team needed to qualify for the Champions League again.
    The Spurs boss launched bids for Sergio Aguero, Fernando Llorente and Diego Forlan and he was also interested in acquiring Suarez from Ajax.
    But Spurs balked at the 30million-plus fee they were quoted and Redknapp was worried that Suarez was too similar to Rafael van der Vaart, who the Tottenham manager likes to deploy in the hole just behind a target man.
    Having seen Suarez star up front on his own, Redknapp admits he probably should have pushed harder to bring him to White Hart Lane.
    "We looked at Suarez," said Redknapp, whose side take on Liverpool on Sunday.
    "That was a player who we probably should have took, looking back on it now.
    "The fee was 30-odd million and that's a lot of money.
    "We thought he played a bit like Van der Vaart as well.
    "We were looking for a target man but I have seen him play up on his own and he can do that. He can play anywhere. He can do anything. He is a top-class, fantastic player."
    Redknapp also revealed he was seriously interested in signing Carroll before he left Newcastle for Anfield in a 35million deadline-day move.
    The England striker has struggled to make an impact at the Merseyside club due to lack of form and fitness and national boss Fabio Capello recently criticised the 22-year-old's lifestyle.
    Redknapp is a big admirer of the player, though, and is wary of the damage he can cause to his patched-up defence on Sunday if selected.
    "He is a real handful," Redknapp said. "He is a great header of the ball.
    "When you go up against him you know you have had a game, that's for sure.
    "We thought about signing him but we weren't in to spending 35million on one player."
    Suarez and Carroll are just two of a number of players Kenny Dalglish has signed since he replaced Roy Hodgson as Reds boss halfway through last season.
    The Scot has spent over 50million this summer on the likes of Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, Jose Enrique and Sebastian Coates.
    Spurs just pipped Liverpool to fifth place last year, but Redknapp thinks Dalglish's spending spree means their rivals will be challenging for a top-four position come the end of the season.
    "This is a big game for us," Redknapp said. "It will be them, us and Arsenal scrapping it out for the Champions League this year.
    "They have spent a lot but they got 50million for Torres.
    "They have wealthy owners and they want to be back where they were .
    "Liverpool is one of the greatest football clubs in the world and they don't want to be out of the Champions League. They want to be back in there. They have invested trying to do that."
    After two humbling defeats to both Manchester sides, Spurs picked up their first points of the season last weekend when they beat Wolves 2-0.
    Ledley King, making his first start of the season after having knee surgery this summer, starred at Molineux and is likely to start alongside Younes Kaboul in defence on Sunday.
    King's chronic knee problems have restricted his appearances in the last few years, but Redknapp is desperate to have his club captain available after Michael Dawson suffered an Achilles injury.
    "We need Ledley. Dawson is out long term," Redknapp added.
    "Ledley hasn't done anything all week. He will train Saturday, hopefully.
    "He will come and have a little jog for about 10 minutes and he will hopefully give us the thumbs up and say he's fit."

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    Sir Alex Ferguson: Will be 70 on New Year's Eve

    Sir Alex Ferguson goes head to head with the Premier League's youngest manager on Sunday, delighted the value of experience is no longer being ignored.
    Andre Villas-Boas was only 33 when he was appointed Chelsea boss in the summer.
    His youthfulness contrasts sharply with Ferguson, who will celebrate his 70th birthday on New Year's Eve.
    However, Ferguson is not alone. Fellow top-flight managers Arsene Wenger, Harry Redknapp and Roy Hodgson are also in their 60s and England coach Fabio Capello is 65.
    So, whilst Ferguson has praise for the manner in which Villas-Boas has handled his introduction to English football, he is equally pleased the value of his fellow old stagers is being recognised.
    "If you go back a few years, top teams were giving jobs to players who were just finishing their careers," Ferguson said.
    "That was quite surprising but it seemed to be a trend to have younger managers.
    "That's changed nowadays and experience is coming to the fore again.
    "Young managers have more of a future. Their time will come. I am pleased clubs are not ignoring the values of experienced managers."

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    Arsene Wenger: 'It starts again'

    Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal are at the start of a new cycle.
    The Gunners boss has endured one of the most testing openings to a campaign of his tenure, being thrashed 8-2 at Manchester United before the international break.
    However, he made five signings ahead of transfer deadline to rebuild the squad after selling captain Cesc Fabregas and playmaker Samir Nasri, and there are signs of positive improvement.
    Arsenal built on what was a nervy 1-0 win over Swansea last weekend, a first of the new Premier League campaign, with a hard-fought 1-1 Champions League draw at Borussia Dortmund and head to bottom club Blackburn boosted by the return of duo Alex Song and Gervinho from their domestic three-match bans.
    Wenger understands the challenges ahead as he aims to plot the Gunners safe course back to towards the top four.
    "It starts again because we have taken five players, but we have invested as well," Wenger said.
    "Our highest investment has been in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, a young player. We have the work permit for Ryo Miyaichi - we will not give up on our youth policy.
    "We were a team on the up and that was not rewarded last year because we were a bit hungry to go for all four trophies.
    "But the basic quality was there and we were certainly very close to winning last year.
    "We were suddenly hit by major departures that were not planned so we had to review a little bit just with the injuries we had.
    "We couldn't survive without buying players and the players available had a bit more experience than what we usually do."
    Wenger added: "I judge myself by giving my best of intelligence, experience and commitment to the club and after I let other people judge what I do.
    "At the end of the day you know yourself at the end of the season whether you took the maximum out of the team and their potential."
    Wenger accepts heading to Blackburn, a ground where they had traditionally struggled in the past, will prove a "massive test" of their ability to mount a serious challenge again.
    However, the Arsenal manager refuses to read too much into their previous trip to the north west, which ended in complete "humiliation".
    Wenger said of the United defeat: "Emotionally it was very hard to take, but the football significance of a big result is very small.
    "It is a humiliation, but apart from that, when I have been involved in a game when we have beaten a team by six or seven, they have done well afterwards, also we have lost some big games as well and then did well after."
    Wenger added: "The most difficult is to show consistency, in any sport and we have managed to do that above and beyond expectations and nobody else has done better than us on the consistency level."
    The Arsenal manager, though, accepts patience is very much a virtue in the current footballing climate.
    Asked how long he felt the club's new cycle would be given to deliver success once more, Wenger quipped: "In the modern society - zero days."

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    Steve Bruce: Has a fan in Pulis

    Tony Pulis has backed Sunderland manager Steve Bruce to get through his difficult start to the season.
    Bruce made 11 signings during the summer transfer window in an effort to bolster his squad, but has since seen striker Asamoah Gyan make a shock loan move to United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain, while on the pitch the Black Cats have started the campaign without a win in five games.
    That run has included a derby defeat at home to Newcastle, as well as a Carling Cup second-round exit at the hands of Brighton.
    The Wearside outfit head into Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke at the Stadium of Light with the pressure on Bruce, but Potters boss Pulis is confident his counterpart will not let Sunderland get stuck in a rut and that he and the club "will be fine".
    Pulis said: "Steve Bruce is a great manager, he is at a great club and you have difficult times - that is management, it is a really difficult job.
    "The aspirations of people connected with clubs now is far beyond what most people can achieve but that is the way we live our lives.
    "Expectations and aspirations of fans at every club up and down the country far exceed what is reality in lots of respects, but you have to deal with it and manage it.
    "Ninety per cent is managing expectations but you have to do it if you want to be in it.
    "Steve and the club will be fine. He is a strong and competent person who will enjoy the challenge.
    "You need a bit of time to bed in new players. He's been unlucky with John O'Shea's injury and the situation with Asamoah Gyan, but that happens.
    "He won't want me trying to tell him what to do.
    "Football is like life, it goes up and down. You have to take the good times and bad times and deal with them in the same way."
    In contrast to Sunderland's troubles, Stoke have made an impressive start to the season.
    Having got things under way early due to their participation in the Europa League qualifying rounds, the Potters are unbeaten in nine matches and have taken eight points from their first four league fixtures.
    Pulis is never one to get carried away, though, and insists that for now, his primary target remains keeping the Staffordshire club in the top flight.
    "We have to keep our feet on the ground," Pulis said.
    "We ask and demand the same commitment and energy levels that the players have shown.
    "We need to get 32 more points because safety is our first aim - and that will never change at this club.
    "We don't feel as though we are in front of the game. We are working as hard as we can to stay in the Premier League."
    Pulis will check on the condition of a host of players ahead of Sunday's contest.
    Several squad members did not travel to Ukraine for this week's Europa League Group E opener against Dynamo Kiev, with record signing Peter Crouch - a target for Sunderland before he joined Stoke last month - staying at home as a precaution after missing training, and Matthew Etherington (back), Rory Delap (groin) and Marc Wilson (hamstring) also absent from the trip.
    That quartet and Jonathan Woodgate, who is not registered for the Potters' European campaign and has been working to shake off a minor injury, are among those that will be assessed, while goalkeeper Asmir Begovic - rested for the Dynamo game - is expected to return to the first XI in place of former Black Cats stopper Thomas Sorensen.

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