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Get rid of 'Arry? Be serious...

Get rid of 'Arry? Be serious...

Before I even begin I want to make it clear this was written well before the United victory, and although it may appear specific to people it is not, it is aimed at anyone basically doubting the job Harry Redknapp is doing, all only my own personal opinion…

The beauty of Vital Pompey is the fact that anyone can have an opinion anytime on anything and share it on any issue, granted we might not all agree with what is said and why should we all the time - if you do not agree why should you?

I write what I write because it is what I want to say, I have the balls to put my beliefs and thoughts on the club I love out there - it is not to say I think it is the way, it is merely the way I think, I am not saying you have to think this way too, you are given the chance to agree or disagree, which you either take or not.

Much like what I am writing now, it is what I think, some will agree, some will not, these are my thoughts, I am laying them all on the table to make my thoughts abundantly clear on this issue - again I am not saying this is the right way to think, it is my way of thinking nothing more, nothing less…

Managers live and die by the decisions that they make, or do not make, they know what they are getting themselves in for when they sign up for a job, they also know how quickly things can change in the results based 'business' - and football is a business first and foremost no matter what anyone says - we know these days as football.

If you are not cutting it for a regular period of time you will inevitably be given the chop, sometimes people are not given anywhere near the time that is needed, well in fact most of the time they are not, but despite the shortcomings we have been showing in the past few months - yep it is months and not weeks - I find some of the calls, which do seem to be growing for Redknapp to go absolutely ludicrous!

I do not like the way some of our transfers have been conducted, and basically how the players have have almost become like 'cattle' - but in all fairness most other clubs are the same - but when all is said and done although Redknapp does clearly have a say on the issue these transfers are made in order to better Pompey as a football club, as someone said to me the other day - and you know who you are - 'he does what he does in the best interests of Portsmouth Football Club, he only wants the best for us', something I agree with 100%.

I get wound up beyond belief when Redknapp makes his all too frequent contradictory comments, it is almost as if he is like Christian Bale in that film 'the prestige', the one where he has an identical twin, and sometimes is where the 'other' twin should be, but they are different personalities, so in Redknapp's case that 'other' gets caught out in public and the words he utters bare little or no resemblance to those spoken days, sometimes hours before.

His reluctance to sometimes change things, which seem blatantly obvious from where I am sitting - granted it's a lot easy from my seat! - infuriates me at times, but more often than not he gets it right. The thing with him is this stubbornness to prove 'he was right' to let someone go for such and such a player can sometimes lead him to keep playing them to prove 'his point' - even if it is wrong, despite all this my thinking is he is the right man beyond any shadow of a doubt for me…

I do not care what anyone says without Redknapp we would not have signed the vast majority of footballers that we have, and will continue to do so, his attraction is such that they come here. People feel that is the players are 'constantly treated like cattle' others will not come here, but these footballers are hardened pros, they know the score with football, I cannot really defend some of the goings on's but all are done to try and better us, he does what he does for Portsmouth Football Club.

You cannot keep living off what you have done in the past - and he does this too when the going gets tough which also annoys me, but without him we would not have got into the top flight when we did, god only knows where we would be. Even after he left had he not come back there is no way that we would be anywhere near where we are now. I maintain my thoughts that no other manager - that would have realistically came to us at the time - in 2005/06 would have kept us up apart from him.

The thought that 'others could have done the job as well as him, if not better' maybe are thoughts I agree with to a degree - after we had stayed up, but they would not have attracted the players that he has, not to say he is a 'messiah', as he is not.

As said you cannot live off the past forever and you are judged on results and if you do not deliver these you go, but in all fairness apart from his stubbornness, which clearly will prove his undoing if he will not change this, what is he doing wrong? He has been linked to Birmingham, Spurs, Newcastle and of course England this season - that cannot be bad can it… Yet he is still here, and he could have easily gone!

The balance of the side is clearly not right at the moment, but I honestly do think we are only a few minor tweaks away from getting this right - if this means 'upsetting' some players and leaving them out so be it, it must be done - and if we do these thoughts will soon disappear. His head is on the block when every week begins, it can be safe at the end of it, or the man wielding the axe gets closer, but so long as he is willing to make the minor adjustments and amendments to his stubbornness the axe man will never come near him until he says he has had enough, it is only his stubbornness that can prove his undoing…

A lot of these thoughts people might be having stems from expectations, which have grown, but consolation is what people wanted this season, at present we are on course for this - granted I will be disappointed if our season fizzles out now, but I hope it will not do this. Some have personal grievances against him, as said some of the things he says and does, or then goes against wind me up but lets be careful what we wish for as we all know what happened last time he went…

Lets see the season out, take stock in the summer, but when all is said and done if he does not take us where Sacha Gaydamak wants him to take us he will act, but lets not try to run before we can walk, clearly we have to aim high - why should we not - but things take time, if he has taken us as far as he can - which I do not think he has - then a change will be made, as it will become obvious he had, and despite the fact we have not played well for some months this can change so lets not be too hasty.

Portsmouth Football Club is good for Harry Redknapp and Harry Redknapp is good for Portsmouth Football Club, until these facts change, despite some patches in between that might be 'iffy' I for one do not want this changed.

As said I wrote this before the United game, but it appears to be even more relevant as a result does it not?


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Date:Wednesday March 12 2008
Time: 8:51AM


as is say i wrote this a good week ago, probably longer just didnt publish it - i also want to make it clear that altho it 'could' be viewed as doing so, it is not a 'pop' at anyone in particular, just my own personal opinions on 'arry and why i think the growing calls - and they were growning - for him to go are wrong... in my opinion...
12/03/2008 08:55:00
long may king harry reign
12/03/2008 09:29:00
I am on the fence. HR has been great, Can be brilliant. Often frustrates. I am comfortable with HR at the reins as it stands, BUT and a very big but, imagine if we had serious blue chip investment - I am not so sure HR would be my first choice. I say that because I too am a maverick and sometimes my skills just don't mix with the big corporate machine - suspect HR fits that bill too. Sometimes being brilliant isn't good enough guys.
12/03/2008 09:44:00
I am one who has been on the opposite side of the fence to rug and we have "locked horns gently" on one or two occassions. I have the benefit of replying after the Cup match against Man U. I will reaffirm by belief that HR is not the manager to take us to the top 3. My reasons are similar in some respects to Rugs complaints against Harry but I think he takes the "my boys" and vindictiveness to an extreme. Sure he comes out with contradictarory bull***** and needs a PR man but it is the teams actions on the field that count. Until last Saturday I think he had shown little guideance to the players in motivation and tactics. Last Saturday he came back with a vengence and I applaude him for it. I hope he can keep repeating the performance and if he does then I won't be backing any move to sack him. Why? because I don't think that until we get decent training facilities and a big new stadium that any manager, no matter how good, will get us into the top 3. We simply don't generate the revenue to buy the players needed. So while we are in the top half we stick with the devil we know. Where rug and I disagree is that rug thinks HR has all the say about the players we buy. I think that Sasha has much more to say about it than is told. HR is a survivor and will work within the perimeters set for him but try to manipulate them at times. He won't rock the boat until it suits him. Hence his silence on some matters. Harry likes African players. This is well known. Sasha comes from a different background and has an opinion of players that is not always purely football related. I believe this clash will surface between HR and Sasha sooner rather than later. Definately not before the end of the season but who knows when after that. Obviously a cup final win and the UEFA cup next season will soften things all around but failure to win the cup and a UEFA spot could bring them to the surface very quickly. There is also the matter of Sashas future involvement in the club. Rug and I both know there have been things going on behind the scenes that have been denied or never become public knowledge. I don't think either of us will elaborate on that matter until seasons end but should anything eventuate then the whole scene will change for everyone. For now we need to concentrate on winning the cup
12/03/2008 10:00:00
Very interesting FA, you have made me begin to wonder what is going on. But yes HR can frustrate us all but look where we are.
12/03/2008 12:11:00
There are still people who wont give him a chance as he deffected to the scum that sad bad time in history. But come on, he made a mistake, he admitted he was wrong, it was nothing against us a club or fans, it was purely personal between him and milan. We all make mistakes, and those who are still staying away from the ground for those reasons are daft as they are missing our best times ever, thanks to Harry. So i agree with you PompeyRug, the talk of sacking him is pathetic, and those who call for his head are probably not pompey fans, but scummers posting in disguise.
12/03/2008 12:44:00
If you know something, why come in here and say we know something but we cant say what. Why do some people have to shout that they know something??? Is it one-up-manship or what??? It really really pee's me off. We have enough people in the media trying to derail us, putting knives in, and spreading rumours. If you know something good for you, but if its not for posting, then shut up. Ive never read Mr Rug saying anything like "I know this that and the other", so why should you? God people like you infuriate me!
12/03/2008 12:49:00
Arry and Pompey fit each other and suit each other very well, and I wonder who else we think would come in and do a better job? Look what's happened at Newcastle! No its not perfect at Pompey, but its good - even without the ManU game. As for top 3, is this really a realistic expectation? I think Spurs, Everton, possibly Newcastle have this kind of expectation as well and I'm not sure its realistic for them either. Look at the size of the top 4 clubs - in terms of fan base (internationally and nationally) (we can struggle to fill Fratton at times), stadiums, facilities, and money. Clubs that can spend £20-£30 million on one player. And players like that will go there. The class of player we are attracting now is fantastic and we have a team and a squad to be proud of at Pompey, and a bright shiny blue future. This could all come crashing down if Harry left and someone else came in. I don't know about this behind the scenes stuff, but thanks Harry, I for one am proud of you and your team, and I hope he stays a good few years yet.
12/03/2008 12:56:00
Yea Midge, it's a pet hate of mine too, that. If you got some inside info, share it if it's not supposed to be common knowledge, dont say anything.
12/03/2008 13:07:00
The trouble with your comments Tracy is that even for Pompey to remain in the top 10 our game both football and club managment will need to improve considerably. Today's Pompey team would be in the top 4 few years back and in a few years the game would would have moved on again - the question remains can HR and the current managment improve at the rate necessary. Personally I doubt it - HR can't contine to play the drums, guitar and sax and do lead vocals. Let's hope i am wrong.
12/03/2008 13:13:00
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