Date:Monday October 27 2008
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...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday October 27 2008
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