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HR on why he left for Spurs

HR on why he left for Spurs

Harry Redknapp is spinning us some bull that basically he has left us to do us a favour! By going to Spurs we received £5m in compensation - which is of course handy for Sacha Gaydamak given our financial plight at the moment, but that is little compensation from a fans point of view...

Clearly Pompey means a lot to Redknapp, and this must have been a tough decision - although maybe not as this is the kind of job he has been
hankering for for some time - and even after accepting the job he kept saying 'we', as in Pompey: 'we got a phone call from Tottenham saying they would like to speak to me. Peter Storrie spoke to Daniel Levy and I think they've come to a deal where Tottenham are actually paying £5m compensation to Portsmouth which is a fantastic deal.

'In all honesty we needed the money. Things are tight, the owner Sacha has been fantastic but we get 19,000 people and we sold one or two players in the transfer window and in the end we've had to sell the manager.

'The funds are tight. We were talking about selling players in January unfortunately. Sacha's given us great support but we were hoping to do a deal or two before the window closed and it didn't happen and suddenly Tottenham have come in and offered £5m which is good money for the club.'

He has his chance to manage a 'big, big club' now: 'it's a great opportunity for me. It's a big club and a chance for me to manage a big, big club before I retire.

'I love Portsmouth and I genuinely loved my time there. The fans were great. We had some fantastic success and I've never been happier than my time there.

'But Tottenham have come in. It's a great deal for Portsmouth and it's a great chance for me to get on at Tottenham.'

I thank him for all he has done, and I can in someway understand why he has gone but I just wish he had not kept banging on about that 'I will never leave this club until I retire' stuff and it being his 'spiritual home' - if so, why leave? We, well I do, feel betrayed by him even more due to these thoughts, which were not one offs, he kept saying them...

I am gutted, really gutted. As said I am disappointed but at the end of the day players and managers come and go but we - the dedicated, hardcore, life-timers - will always be here, that will not change and that never has, and never will for me.

I would say that we desperately need to find someone to invest in the club though, as if we cannot do this before January then more assets will be stripped from the club as a result - and I do not think it would take many guesses to wonder who will be coming in for these players. Surely we must have a 'you cannot buy from us in January' clause in our terms for letting him go, that we be if we could afford to say no to big offers - although it would more than likely be 'you must buy from us in January.' My concern is he knows the score financially so 'could' look to get players for good money, but not pay more than he knows we would accept...

Good luck to him, but not too much - if he is successful it will be a crowning end to his career, if it goes belly up though he probably will not be remembered as the man that took 'little Portsmouth' from the foot of Division One to successive top 10 positions in the premier league - and saviour of a doomed side - and of course FA cup winners, he will be remembered as the man that 'failed with Spurs', and for that I would be sad but that would have been the bed he made, so he would have to lie in it.

We now dust ourselves down, stand tall and get on with it - there are managers out there, but do we have the ability to attract them? At least we might get something at Anfield now - this would have been a write off under him, and Spurs fans will not accept the 'games against the big 4' are bonus games will they!


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Date:Sunday October 26 2008
Time: 1:23AM


Spurs fan here not gonna rub it in. Do pompey fans think he will keep us up. I know he worked miracles for u but looked what happened at southampton. im 50-50 on this one.
spurfect one
26/10/2008 01:37:00
£5m for a 61 year old is a pretty good deal. As long as the players don't go with him I'm confident we'll be fine.
26/10/2008 01:39:00
oh gosh....not harry.....can the pompey fans convinced us he's the right man??
26/10/2008 01:51:00
Blurgh! Should have sold Diarra for 15mill then shouldn't we? Or the the kit man for 10 grand? We don't need fanciful figures to justify his leaving (we've got no idea of the state of play off-field).
26/10/2008 02:20:00
An untrained chimp could save that Spurs squad from relegation, so Arry's spotted an easy opportunity for some glory really. Gutted, but can understand the motivation.... How the hell are we going to keep this squad together now.....
26/10/2008 02:43:00
Tough luck, he did so much for you guys. It could only have been about money, I don't believe the bit about wanting to manage a 'big big club' because the Spuds are anything but. What he really wants is a challenge- if he can save that sorry lot from the drop (I can't think of one position where the Spuds have a better player than Pompey), then he will be hailed as a genius. If they still get relegated, as mentioned above that will be his legacy. And he'll be looking for a new job in the summer. As a gooner I can say he was one of the few managers I respected- in one moment of lunacy, that respect has vanished. Spuds ffs!
26/10/2008 02:54:00
Liverpool fan here was just browsing around reading the articles and wasn't going to comment as I didn't really think I could say anything that would help you feel better. But I'm just going to emphasise the point you've made in this article - 'players and managers come and go but we - the dedicated, hardcore, life-timers - will always be here' - it's a very poignant point to remember. In these days of money running the game, money feeding the game, and money killing the game, players and managers jump from club to club like monkeys from trees, and you have to take sickening blows like this just as you take the brilliant days too (eg when we signed Torres), but above all you need to remember that no player will be at the club for ever, and no manager will be either. No matter how long they're there for they will leave eventually, either as retiring heroes or villified traitors, but we, the fans, will always be there. There's dozens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands (I'll stop short of millions :p ) of fellow Pompey fans out there as well and they too feel just like you, but tomorrow they'll get themselves up and prepare to support your club into it's new era. At the end of the day, fans have only really got each other.
26/10/2008 03:05:00
Defoe will go in January, possibly Crouch too, they are Redknapp protegies and he will chase them all the way. Thanks Harry for a great contribution but because of you it might well be a case of the RISE AND FALL OF POMPEY. We need to survive 2008/09 and get a good Manager in, I presume Joe Jordan will take the helm temporarily, that is if Harry doesn't take him with him. This could well become our ultimate downfall, loss of players and backroom staff. We saw the sun in 2008 but with the current economic climate I see dark clouds once again looming over Fratton Park. Clearly we are not going to get a new stadium, and now a weakened side looks likely. Pompey fans love it when our backs are against the wall but how we they feel when our arse it out of our pants. Maybe we should wish we were in Man Citys position. From where I am sitting the future is not bright. Am I a doom and gloom merchant or can I clearly see what Harry is doing to us...or does he already know and is jumping a sinking ship ?
26/10/2008 03:11:00
Spurs fan here, i feel GUTTED for you guys. I hope that you get someone in soon and everything works out well. I like pompy and still think youl have a great season. Im personally delighted weve got Arry but i cannot get over how much you guys must be gutted right now. All the best lads
26/10/2008 03:35:00
5 million in todays football is not even pocket change, you've sold us down the river again Harry, i only hope you have the same luck as last time you sold us out. If the clubs financial plight is so bad then 5 million won't solve it so stop trying to make yourself feel better Harry and admit it you've stitched us up again. I'm really spitting feathers at the moment, i'd just forgiven Harry for the last time and started to believe he was going to stay till he retired. With his knowledge of the clubs finances no doubt he'll be back for Diarra and Kranjcar in January. Thanks for the cup Harry but why won't you ever stay and finish a job? At this particular moment i'm not sure i want to be a football fan anymore, i'm fed up with transfer windows and managers ****ting on teams. unfortunately Pompey's in my blood and i doubt i'll ever be able to give them up. If only it was as easy for me to walk away from Pompey as it seems to be for Harry. Much as i am fond of Spurs i hope you do the same thing you did last time you left us around this time of year, Sorry Spurs fans nothing against you, I just want HR to look back and realise that once again he got it wrong.
Steve C
26/10/2008 04:05:00
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