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Journo's fancy 'Arry to make a Hammers return!

West Ham manager Alan Curbishley is the bookies favourite to be the first manager sacked this season with Harry Redknapp is a firm favourite to return to Upton Park should this happen... And according to the journalists of The Sunday Supplement on sky sports today they could see this as something that could, and maybe even would happen!

Shaun Custis - from the Sun said: 'if I was Alan Curbishley I would be worried about that story because Paul Smith is just about the best-connected journalist there is in Portsmouth.

'It looks to me like there's definitely something in it so I'd say Alan Curbishley hasn't got very long at the start of this season if they don't get off to a flyer.

'I'm not saying West Ham should get rid of Curbishley, but Harry's their favourite son, he's done a magnificent job with Portsmouth and he did a magnificent job with West Ham beforehand.

'Portsmouth, from Harry's point of view, don't seem to want to spend any more money - or don't have any money - and for Harry I think it would be a very attractive proposition to go back again.

'From Curbishley's point of view he hasn't quite won over the West Ham fans, there was a little bit of disgruntlement among the supporters last season - but then there often is at West Ham.

'I just think there's no smoke without fire in this one. Harry Redknapp seems to have been angling to get away from Portsmouth over the summer and there's clearly a bit of unrest in the way Harry feels at Portsmouth.'

Martin Lipton - from the Daily Mirror believes that Redknapp has 'taken us as far as he can' and with 'an aging side' he will be ready for a new challenge, even more so as he has no money to spend: 'he's won the FA Cup, what more can he do with Portsmouth?

'The money's not there and you saw the players in the Community Shield last week - any older and they'd be taking their pension book at the back. They really were looking like an old team.

'He's lost Sulley Muntari, one of his better players, he's got in Peter Crouch and Younes Kaboul and they're not going to be in the top five or six with those sorts of players.

'West Ham do have the backing, the Icelandic money is still there, and as Shaun said he is still the favoured son.

'It's another challenge and let's be fair, Harry loves the next move. He's always interested in what comes next and he's never settled anywhere.

'He can commute from Sandbanks to West Ham because he used to when he was manager there before, so it's viable for him.

'I don't see any reason why he wouldn't want the job.'

Aging side? Whatever the fella says! I do not care what anyone says, despite the loss of one or two players we are still as good as anyone outside of the top 4!

Maybe Redknapp would be tempted to return to West Ham, but would that be a step forward? Sorry, but if anyone suggests that it is they are wrong...

This is one of a few jobs that I could see him go for, but I sincerely hope that this does not become the case as despite what Lipton says he can still do something with Pompey even if funds are a bit tight at the moment!

What do you reckon guys, squeaky bum time yet? Thoughts please as always...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 17 2008

Time: 11:56AM

Your Comments

i very much doubt this will happen! only 1 hour till our season kicks off! i still rekon we can do this 1-0 Crouch
nodster
i always worry when i hear stuff like this, and this 'would' tempt him more than others but would still hopefully not be enough of a temptation for him... some of what the journo's said is pure *********!
i reckon we'll do chelski 2-1 today, im confident :-) not sure what happened to paul and a preview tho...
pompeyrug
After the Southampton saga and "HR"'s recent comments of Pompey loyalty until his dying days, a move to West Ham would be a total disaster and treated with utter contempt.
007
If West Ham take Redknapp back it will be the biggest backward step the club has ever taken. Harry is an absolute joker. Christ, i'm not curbs' biggest fan, but I'd take him any day of the week over redknapp.... the guy is a moron.... i'm amazed pompey love him so much... best of luck fellas...
ollief
I wouldn't be so sure - I get the feeling he's quite attached to Pompey!
merlin
ollief, your deluded mate. Anyway, HR ain't going anywhere.
storagematt
I think it all depends on our start to the season as well. I still can't see it though. There would be plenty of managers in the frame and this sort of rubbish is just a desperate attempt to sell flagging newspapers (see Ronaldo, C; Barry, G). Lazy journalism
Pompeyscum
Harry isn't going anywhere. lord alone know he has all the challenges he is ever going to want at Portsmouth. He said himself the other day that having loadsa money is one thing, but doing what he is having to do is real management. He sounds as tho he is ok to me at the moment. Thank you Merlin for you positive comment, we are very attached to Harry as well.
Gandor
Could happen but if he left it would be to retire rather than go to another club
pompeysno.9
This was said without a ball being kicked what a load of cr*p.
pompeyyong
Remember Lipton writes for the Mirror, they are known for their outlandish comments and wild speculation
paultsmouth
Far too early to talk about managers being sacked! Boo this kind of reporting.
sneakay
Gutter press, lazy journalism. There was a time when journalists reported the football news but, for twenty years or so now, they, during "dead news" times, write the news themselves. Yes, shock, horror; these contemptuous free-loaders make stuff up! Treat this ********* with the contempt it deserves.
NinjaTim
 

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