If you thought debates about the Royal Jubilee were extreme, or politics could split people you really need to see the discussions about Harry Redknapp and Spurs parting company. Never before (well, probably not never, but lets' have some hyperbole) has a single issue split a group so cleanly into sections, it makes the Judean Peoples Front and the Peoples Front of Judea look like brothers in arms.
The rights and wrongs of his departure are filling more blogs and papers than the death of Diana with very little middle ground. He was either the best manager Spurs have had in generations, or a hated wheeler dealer that failed to deliver. I sit somewhere in the middle, he did get us Champions League football and some cracking games and memories, he also failed in two FA Cup semi finals, badly, and let a huge points lead disappear in the last season meaning that Champions League was not going to visit the Lane next year. It is the manager who claims success and accolades for winning things, and therefore has to be accountable for failing, and ultimately his tenure was not one that will fill football history books.
I made the comment last night that he was not a successful manager as he has no trophy in his time at Spurs, and this again shows the difference in what people class as success these days. Record books will show who won trophies, not who finished 4th. Very few people alive now will be able to accurately remember or comment on how Spurs played in 1921, but the records show that the FA Cup was won - so we know it was a good year. In 90 years will Harry Redknapp be known for anything at Spurs, like it or not the answer is no apart from Spurs specific books, there will be little mention of us on Sky Sports flashback shows then.
It comes back to what I often comment on, what do you want from your club?
Many laugh at Arsenal for not winning a trophy in 7 years, but they are classed as successful by many - for me, I would rather win a trophy every few years and play some good football than just be in some competitions with no real chance of winning. Claiming that Spurs have had the best seasons in living memory by finishing 4th, 5th and 4th makes no sense at all to me.
As for Harry, if anyone is bored enough to go back through the Spurs Show podcasts when he was given the job, you will hear my emails being read out where I said he was not a long term option and was the wrong choice. I stand by that. In a really perverse way the worst thing he did was to finish 4th - he set himself a target that was not then backed by the board and the end was always going to happen in this way.
Now we wait to see who takes over the helm, and there will be support and dislike for whoever it is instantly - it is never dull supporting Spurs.