Harry Looks Ahead

Harry Redknapp says he is already looking at rebuilding this summer - but Teddy Sheringham will not be a target.

High on his list, however, is Javi Moreno of Alaves in Spain, available on a get out clause of £5.7m, with Harry admitting:

"He could be a useful addition to our squad though I haven't put his name forward yet.

"As for Teddy, he'll not leave Manchester United, he'll stay if he's got any sense - wouldn't you?

"Anyone would like Teddy Sheringham in their team, he is still a fantastic player.

"I should have taken him last year, there's no doubt about that."

Harry did capture a veteran striker last summer to general delight - Davor Suker.

But Harry reveals that he won't be taking up the one year option on him at the end of this season, and he says:

"He won't be staying, he'll be leaving at the end of this year."

Indeed Davor won't be travelling to Aston Villa at the weekend, but Harry would not be drawn into criticizing the player.

He did, however, joke that he should have signed him a few years earlier when he was at his peak:

"Yes, I should have signed him for £30m a while back and he would only have wanted £80,000 a week!

"I should have got Stuart Pearce when he was 23 as well...

"We're never in that position, I'm afraid.

"Some pay off, one or two don't - that's football.

"But we could do with a front man, a real box player, a goalscorer.

"That is a position that needs strengthening and if we can bring one or two in, that will give evreyone a lift.

"Then we will shift one or two out and go from there."

Harry has given up on attempts to get Hayden Foxe back early from his world cup duties with Australia and says:

"He's gone away now and there's nothing we can do."

Indeed something of a defensive crisis is looming, and he reveals:

"Rigobert Song will be foing away for a couple of games soon, Ian Pearce is injured, as is Christian Dailly, and Stuart Pearce has a suspension coming up."

As Harry looks back at the Everton game nearly a week on, he says:

"We were a liitle bit edgy in the first 10 minutes, and we had a new defensive line up with Foxey making his debut.

"We had a couple of chances to score but then we conceded a needless penalty, had a man sent off, and go down to ten men.

"I felt we could have gone in at half time at 0-0 and I wouldn't have been too unhappy, thinking that the game would open up and we would get our chances.

"Even to have got a point would have been quite important.

"But we had to chase the game at 1-0 down and we got caught in the event.

"There is no doubt that the sending off changed the game.

"But we have got to stick together because we have sunk into a difficult position."

Looking to the importance of the Villa game, he says:

"We need a win, and the quicker it comes the better.

"I just want to get enough points to make sure we stay up again and get this season out of the way.

"It's been a bad month but that's life; it's not as if it has been a bad 4 years.

"Aston Villa have a strong side now as everyone is fit, but we can go there and get a result."

He is still defiantly optimistic, however, and concludes:

"There's nothing to say we can't finish above Tottenham, is there?

"We're just below Newcastle, Villa have suddenly shot up after a couple of results, Everton are down there but have as strong a squad as us...

"There's no good feeling sorry for yourself and looking for everything you can find to go wrong.

"No-one gets more disappointed than me, but you have to keep believing when you are in a situation like this."