Norwich City earn Redknapp’s backing

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is backing Paul Lambert to keep Norwich in the Premier League.

Redknapp revealed he has a soft spot for the Canaries after watching his side ease past City 2-0 at Carrow Road in midweek to keep the pressure firmly on both Manchester clubs.

The vastly experienced Spurs' chief believes Norwich have given themselves more than a fighting chance of successfully building on consecutive promotions from the Football League.

'They've done great. Paul has done a superb job to bring them up two divisions,' said Redknapp. 'It's amazing how well they have done. It's a great club, a real good football club, going right back to the days of John Bond and I've always thought they had good support. They get behind their team here and I would love to see them stay up. I think there is every chance but you know yourself because you see it every year how tough that is going to be.

'You look at Blackpool last season and what they had at this stage. I think they had something like 24 or 25 points and you thought then, 'Well they only need maybe another 12 points or so and they are safe.' They didn't make it.

'Hull, a couple of years ago, were also in a similar situation and they had done even better and got 27 points and they couldn't make it. I'm sure Paul knows every single point is vital. They'd had a couple of great away points recently and if he can keep them up then that is a major achievement. I'd say the same about Brendan (Rodgers) at Swansea. I would love to see it.'

Redknapp's priority remains guiding Tottenham back into the Champions League, despite Gareth Bale's brace against the Canaries keeping third-placed Spurs firmly in the title hunt.

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'There is nothing flashy about him. He loves to come in every day and play or train. He is not a billy big head. He is a great lad and he deserves all he gets,' said Redknapp. 'We've just got to keep going and winning games and see where it takes us. We want to get back in the Champions League, but that is not going to be easy for us. To do that, we'll probably have to finish above Arsenal for the first time, so that is going to be difficult enough. Chelsea, as well, is a fantastic team and you also have Liverpool.'

Former Tottenham boss and now respected media pundit David Pleat insists Spurs' emphatic Carrow Road display underlined they are major players in the championship battle.

'They have a depth to their squad as good as anyone else but they need to keep vital players fit,' said Pleat. '(Luka) Modric has a massive influence in the play, conducting the orchestra and making them tick.

'Providing he stays fit and Harry uses him as he did so splendidly against Norwich then they are going to be challengers. There is no doubt about that.'