Date:Friday June 27 2008
Harry Redknapp has quite often recently said that he has no plans to go anywhere for a while and would not leave Pompey for another job.
He has gone one step further now by insisting that even when his contract ends in 2011, with him then going to be pushing on for his mid 60s, at this moment in time he has no plans to call it a day and wants to carry on beyond that date, particularly as he wants to lead us at our new home - hopefully.
He was speaking to The News when he said: 'I'm not going anywhere, and I can't see me going anywhere for a long time.
'Hopefully, I will be here still when the new stadium is built.
'The only way I won't be is if I'm not alive in 2011!
'I'm still enjoying football as much as I've ever done and can't see me going anywhere, to be honest.
'If I wasn't involved in football, I'd just be sitting around at home getting under my wife's feet.
'You never know what can happen in this game, but I'm happy here.
'I would love to be there when we play our first game at the new ground.'
He is very impressed with the stadium designs for the proposed Horsea Island move, but knows the importance of this happening - along with the training ground - and hopes we get the support to do both: 'the stadium looks impressive.
'We need it to happen and hopefully we will see it happen this time.
'We need to move to a stadium that is fit for Premier League football. We have to move with the times.
'There are the plans for the new training ground which we have to have, and now there is the stadium.
'There has to be the support so it happens.'
As the saying goes if it aint broke don't fix it, so if things are still progressing then as they are now, which I hope and believe they will, why should there be the need for any change...
Whilst finishing on the topic of 'moving forward' and the importance of this above it seems appropriate to talks about what Tony Adams also told The News about what he feels we need to carry on our progression this season.
He believes that 3 new players will be needed to continue the development here and build yet further on last seasons achievements: 'Harry likes to turn his squad over and the average turnaround of a squad is six years.
'It is important to keep ticking it over so that can be achieved and I know he will be strengthening the team this summer.
'Obviously a lot of it depends how many players you lose. There will always be some looking to get football elsewhere for whatever reasons. You can't help that.
'But another two or three from now would be lovely, top quality, and I think that is enough.
'I think you need to turn it around, freshen it up, keep improving every year.
'With that in mind, Sylvain Distin has come in during the last year, Lassana Diarra arrived in January, players who are better than what we've got.
'You have to improve where you can.'
All summer long we have been in agreement that 3 quality arrivals are what we need, and we have been promised these. So far the likes of Peter Crouch, Richard Dunne, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Nicky Shorey have been linked, but to date none have arrived, but I am certain that movement will happen shortly, and we will get the 'big 3' that we are after.
Adams also had praise for Paul Hart, who continues to assemble a top quality academy side which should hopefully yield some products in the coming years - something Adams believes it will, as things are progressing well: 'Paul Hart is trying to do the business for us at youth-team level and brought a lad in from West Brom and some French lads.
'He is trying hard for the future as well - a one for now, one for later type of thing. Everything is coming along nicely.'
The future is looking bright for Pompey, long may this continue!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday June 27 2008
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