Harry Redknapp was given five more reasons to reject the overtures of the FA and continue in his quest to lead Spurs to Premier League glory as they demolished Newcastle 5-0 at White Hart Lane.
Redknapp has emerged as the unanimous choice to replace Fabio Capello as manager of the national team after the Italian’s shock resignation this week.
But a 5-0 victory against Alan Pardew’s organised and impressive Newcastle side underlined the potential of a Tottenham team that are now just five points behind league leaders Manchester United.
On-loan Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor played a starring role, having a hand in four goals and scoring the other as Newcastle were taken apart in style.
Benoit Assou-ekotto got the hosts off to a flier, tapping in Adebayor’s pass in the fourth minute, before Louis Saha showed Spurs fans what he is capable of with a quick-fire double on his home debut.
Niko Kranjcar clinically fired in a fourth in the 34th minute, scoring from a rebound after Adebayor saw his shot saved.
And Adebayor finally got on the scoresheet himself in the 64th minute when he volleyed home to complete the rout and compound the visiting fans’ misery.
Newcastle end the day in sixth, just one point behind Arsenal in fourth place.