Date:Sunday October 26 2008
Lets be honest guys we all know that Harry Redknapp is no Saints - well he was... - so in some ways this should not surprise us but no matter what has happened here with his leaving Pompey we cannot forget what he has done for us.
Yep it will be tough to accept the betrayal on the club, the players and of course us the fans but sadly this is football these days - the players, as much as you would hope to think otherwise will most probably be queuing up to follow him out the door come January and given our worsening financial position unfortunately we will allow them to go, I just hope that we do not let him screw us over again by selling too cheap just to raise cash! If he does care he will make sure that Spurs pay top money that is what players are worth.
We are all angry, gutted, frustrated, betrayed, let down, hurt and so on and so on - we have, and will continue to call him all the names under the sun, some he deserves and we mean, others we will look back on and think I wish I had not said that. I think it is fair that we feel this way and we should allow each other to express our feeling - we might not agree or like it but it's a grieving period and it might help.
I will never stop appreciating the fantastic times he has brought to this club and will always appreciate and be grateful for it - bloody hell give me this over cold, dark and depressing days from the 90s, there was something special about those times but hell the glorious years in recent times have been amazing.
None of us really know the score financially at Pompey, but too many people are coming to me with stories of 'Sacha Gaydamak's worsening financial position, and this will impact on the club' for me to not acknowledge something is seriously wrong. He is a businessman and needs money, if no one will invest players will be sold, and the worrying times that lay ahead are just that - worrying... My biggest grievance against Redknapp is that I feel that he knew this was coming, so rather than soldier through and show his 'true commitment' to us, even if that meant seeing the team he had build dismantled he has sold out before that moment - getting out while the going is good.
Yep, we accepted a £5m compensation offer but you tell me that if he had said 'this is my spiritual home - as he kept saying - and I want to stay and see it through' we would have said, sorry you cannot do that. If he refused to go then we would not have sacked him, we could not have afforded the payoff. Although Gaydamak, and I quote from the Pompey Site has said that he did all he could to keep him: 'I am personally disappointed that Harry has left.
'We did all we could to keep him and up until early evening Saturday I was under the impression that he would be staying as Portsmouth manager.'
Someone is lying, or 'putting a different spin on things' here again... Suddenly his mate Peter Storrie is also telling us that 'Spurs is one of the few clubs that he would leave for.' I bet you anything that if a job can be found for him at Spurs he will be off too...
I fear that Gaydamak needed the money so much he took it - but Redknapp did not have to agree, in doing so he has shown his true nature, the nature of the beast that has no morals or loyalty. In many ways I wish we could have been financially sound enough to have said 'no you cannot go' because then the unquestionable decision of 'do I quit' would have needed to be taken - and if he had that would have unquestionably answered the lack of loyalty issue.
I, and many others have backed him all along, and he screws us over like this - AGAIN! Once was forgivable - barely, but I cannot and will not forgive this one.
When others left or booed after Fulham last season I stayed and applauded him when he took the microphone and said he would bring the cup back I also believe he said 'Pompey til I do' then walked away. He also kept saying 'he could not leave this club again' it was his 'spiritual home' and he 'owed it to the fans and the players' - the fella, as said has no morals or loyalty.
How the hell must Sol Campbell be feeling now? Redknapp has constantly slagged off the Spurs fans for the treatment of our captain, he basically called them animals yet he has now stabbed him in the back by joining the side he has berated! Surely Sol would not follow him back though - would he... although others almost certainly will.
Again, I thank him for these fantastic years but he has tarnished what should have been a glorious legacy at this club all due to his lack of morals going to a club that as said he slates repeatedly for their lack of the same thing and berated for their disgusting behaviour. Also, leaving due to what I feel he can foresee as being a 'rocky' future ahead, rather than sticking with it and seeing it through as promised.
Thanks Harry, but you get no good luck wishes from me just the thanks from a fan who has become even more disillusioned with the world of football - which has become a 'mercenaries paradise' and 'rich man's plaything' of choice...
I REALLY AM Pompey til I die - and will carry on being so despite players and managers coming and going over the years, and I call on all of us going today to get behind the team, back them like never before and show just why we are the best fans in the world. When the going gets tough, Pompey fans often get going - and I do not mean turning their backs - so lets show this spirit. I do not particularly like the fella at all at the moment, but I hope that we do not hear an afternoon of 'anti-Redknapp songs', lets prove we're better than that!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Sunday October 26 2008
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