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Storrie on player exodus and HR

Storrie on player exodus and HR

Harry Redknapp returning to Pompey again - this time to prise away our star names, is something that I am sure that we are all expecting.

Some I feel for sure would not think twice about uprooting and going to Spurs, sad but true I feel as lets be honest players did not come here to play for Pompey, they came here to play for him. Yep, some, to be fair probably all have fallen in love with the club and the fans but in this day and age falling in and out of a club is something that players seem to do, and most quite easily...

Peter Storrie is adamant though that we will do all we can to prevent players our star names from joining him in London: 'I accept that many players did come here mostly because of Harry but that sort of thing also exists at other clubs.

'I don't know what is going to happen in the future because Harry's going is still a big shock.

'It is something we did everything in our power to prevent but in the end the lure of Tottenham was too much for him to resist.

'I've known him 14 years at West Ham and here and I know that he also wanted to manage a top club - in terms of great stadium and fantastic history - and I have to respect that as the reason why he's gone.'

Once again he also said that we did all that we could to keep him but in the end this was his decision to go and the compensation fee received was not what made us let him go - this was a fixed amount: 'we talked to him long and hard and I think, at several points, he changed his mind, but that was just the same as when he was offered the Newcastle job earlier this year.

'He turned that down in the end and we immediately gave him a new contract to 2011 but I did not expect to be dealing with the compensation for that already.

'We have to make it clear that it is Harry's choice to go and we have not done this for the money.

'Whatever Spurs give us as compensation is set in stone in the Premier League contract rules as either a fixed sum or whatever is left on a manager's contract.'

I am still in shock, I am still stunned, I am still gutted and most of all, and the thing that hurts the most I am still feeling betrayed and do not think that feeling is the one that will be as easy to get over...

If he had just looked up and said I think I have taken Pompey as far as I can but this is an offer that I cannot refuse and I hope the fans understand I would have been disappointed, but could have accepted this more. Its all the bull that he has spun upon leaving and things said that he made public knowledge about our financial situation - even if they were not exactly private! - since, that angers me the most.

All this said though the man is gone, thanks again for what you did but that chapter is written - this is a new one for Pompey.

If we can afford to keep players I hope that we do resist approached from him and others, but if we do sell lets make sure we get top billing and do not let him fleece us of our prized assets on the cheap.

We will find out soon enough 'how much the players really want to play for Pompey and for the fans', as they have said - again, playing for him was the main draw for most, if they want to do that again so be it. Although that said, we will also find out soon enough how much we 'really do want to spurn the cash advances of others' for our star names too...


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Date:Monday October 27 2008
Time: 8:47AM

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So Spurs come in with £50 million & want Defoe, Crouch, Diarra & James. then what???
27/10/2008 10:23:00
To be honest i fink that we shouldnt sell any of our star players even if we need the money.Otherwise we will sell them then get in average players who under proform then we will be like norwich once good but now a average team in the championship.And us fans deserve better than that.Fingers crossed that a money bag person comes and snap this club up !!!! PUP
stfc ballboy
27/10/2008 11:31:00
If the palyers want to go the club has little choice but try & get a good price. Spurs may not offer what we feel they are worth but try & undermine us. Disrupt the team. Ironically we play 17th January.
27/10/2008 11:46:00
"HR"'s move to Spurs will end in tears. I honestly believe that he is not physically or mentally up to it. His admirable cushion of Adams and Jordan has gone. His opinion of his own abilities far outweighs reality.
27/10/2008 12:10:00
I'd love it if he did what he did at Southampton and went there, got them relegated and then *****ed them off next season!!
Toffee Joe
27/10/2008 13:51:00
Villa fan here, i feel for you Pompey fans. To be honest i would not have forgive Redt**t after the whole Southampton thing, but your an honest bunch and you did, now look how he has treated ya. I don't believe all that love for Pompey boll***s. How can you love a club that you have done the dirty on twice just don't make sense really. Keep your heads up though im sure you will carry on strong without Redt**t. Lets just hope he send Spurs to the Championship, and there is no way you will relegated you have to much quality for that. It will all come crashing back down come weds night when Arsenal stuff em.
27/10/2008 14:39:00
Spurs have very deep pockets & he will come back in January & have his pick. We won't have the quality then & we are more likely to have a relegation battle then bl00dy spurs.
27/10/2008 15:18:00
The big question for me is that Harry is due back in Portsmouth tomorrow to receive the key to the city. Will he still get it? Will fans turn up to boo and barrack him?
27/10/2008 15:32:00
odds on spurs to get relegated and redknapp to manage bournemouth next season?!?!?! id stick a tenner on it!
27/10/2008 16:36:00
007: You are a wise man. You have put into words the thoughts that have been swirling around at the back of my mind - and you are right! Spurs have bought half of a package. I have a feeling Redknapp will rue the day, but that doesn't help us, I suppose.
27/10/2008 22:54:00
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