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The blues go marching on, on, on...

It has been a pretty traumatic 48 hours or so for Pompey fans, some of us knew of the developments surrounding Harry Redknapp that took place late on Saturday night as they happened - not that any of us that did know about this believed for one minute that these events actually happened in the hours they did - others found out about his departure to Spurs as they woke on Sunday, fresh from an extra hours kip due to the clocks going back looking forward to our game with Fulham... if only that had been the case for me, the extra hour that is! Upon finding out this news sleeping was the last thing I could think of.

The feelings that we have been thinking, be those betrayal, anger, disappointment, whatever they are must be subsiding now slightly? To be honest I am still gutted by the turn of events and more than a little betrayed - and I am not sure these feelings will pass easily. 'Sneaking away like a thief in the night', as he did, basically sums up exactly how so many people view him, and in a way was fitting to the untrustworthy character so many people believe him to be. Whatever though, and whatever we think of the man, I think that you would be a liar if you tried to claim that he is not arguably the greatest manager in our history, and to tell the truth if we think that things will be better without him do we really believe this? Yep, parts of what he said and did will not be missed at all, some of his ways of handling players will also not be missed but his ability to attract players and convince them to come to, and stay with Pompey, is something we will miss - we just have to hope that whoever comes in has the ability to persuade these stars that their future is best served with us.

I would be lying if I said that I was not concerned slightly for our future and if I could say for sure that I thought this future will still be as bright and glorious as it potentially threatened to be, although even if it is not, come what may I do not think that anything could top the past few years we have had and virtually all of my hopes and dreams for Pompey have now been fulfilled. Sure we still have the players and so we still have that potential to carry on what has been started - and it was not finished, he could have done more! Sure as night follows day a few of these players, maybe more will follow him to London, and if they want to do that so be it. If the money issues are not as bad as they are made out - and again I would be lying if I said I thought all was rosy on that score, as I have serious doubts about this - then as they are under contract why should we not keep them, why should they not show loyalty to the club and us the fans? Although loyalty is a dying thing these days, but does works both ways, if they are happy to stay we should not look to flog them - but if we do we must, must sell them at decent prices.

But, these 'who will and who wont leave' thoughts are not anything that we can do anything about or control, as fans we can play our part in trying to make the players wanted, do our best to convince them that they are still at the right club at Pompey - so by keeping the noise ringing out around Fratton we have a chance.

Basically, Harry Redknapp is going to be a bloody hard act to follow lets not kid ourselves - continuities sake still leaves me wanting Tony Adams to take over, aided by Joe Jordan - but what we must remember is Portsmouth Football Club was not Harry Redknapp and Harry Redknapp was not Portsmouth Football Club, Portsmouth Football Club is Portsmouth Football, as it was a long time before the twitchy one came alone as sure as hell it will be a long time after the crafty cockney!

I probably rambled on much more than I wanted but what I think I am basically saying is sod Harry Redknapp, he has gone Portsmouth Football Club and its loyal fans remain, and always will come what may 'and the blues go marching on, on, on... '


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 27 2008

Time: 6:53PM

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Disappointment and lack of trust are the words that now come to mind after a couple of days of meditating the subject we must now move on to Liverpool on Wednesday. That will be tough as they have hit the top and will want to stay there! In the furore of yesterday morning most of you missed Sunday Toast - go back and read it please!! I like to hear your views and it will remind you there was life before HR as well as after him.
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27/10/2008 19:08:00

I'd like to wish Pompey all the best for the rest of the season. I really feel for your fans. Unfortunately, managers and players really don't give a sxxxt about the supporters whatever they say. The stick Harry got at Villa was perhaps a little unjust (the coin throwing was a disgrace) but he is a shady, sneaky character who likes to play the image of the 'loveable rogue'. He got stick at Villa because of the 'bung arrest' and his reaction to being goaded about it NOT because Pompey won. I really hope this doesnt affect you too badly, and I will be a massive Pompey fan when you play spurs. I hope you stuff em.
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27/10/2008 19:17:00

Well said Rug. Managers and players (and owners) come and go, but us fans are what make a football club. And on that basis, we're as strong as ever. I thought we responded wonderfully yesterday with a chorus of defiance. And I was pleased to see the players looked like they had something to prove too. Perhaps Adams can get under their skin and tell them that this is their chance to prove that our recent successes are as much down to them as they were down to Harry. That's not to say I'm not gutted and worried about our future. But what can we do? The only thing we can do is the thing we're famed across the land for: getting behind our team when times are tough. PLAY UP POMPEY.
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27/10/2008 19:28:00

Yeah Villa fans goaded him because in every situation, however negative, he turns into PR for Harry. He's ridiculously narcissistic, I just hope Spurs are big enough for his ego. They were too good to go down, the team had just lost confidence in Ramos. Like many have said already, it's a sidewards step because they won't be challenging the top four or even the top six any time soon. Best of luck Harry, but shut your ******** mouth and get on with it.
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27/10/2008 19:30:00

I was at Fratton Pk yesterday and thought you were naturally a bit subdued until you scored. How ever good Harry was for you,managers come and managers go, but it's fans that stay and stay. Good luck with whoever gets the gaffer's job and good luck for the rest of the season. (FFC fan)
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27/10/2008 19:57:00

I've got a feeling that whoever takes over as manager at Fratton Park, they won't be there long. I suspect that we'll have a new owner before the rest of the season and that new owner may want to make his mark and put who they want in charge, not who has been inherited.
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27/10/2008 21:12:00

Another thing I've been thinking recently: In the media at least it often seems that Portsmouth FC IS Harry Redknapp. It's never a healthy thing for a manager to be considered to be bigger than a club so at least this will re-address the balance.
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27/10/2008 21:18:00

I'm sure you'd welcome him back - just like last time :-)
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27/10/2008 21:24:00

Trying to forget HR and there he is with Jamie advertising WII games on the bl00dy tv!!!
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27/10/2008 21:48:00

My morning started at 6.30 at the Gym. Firstly, thre was Jamie Redknapp. Then his Dad came on virtually for the whole hour I was in the Gym. Bought the Daily Mail (sorry) on the way home and there he was again, pages and pages of it. Turned on the radio and listened to it again. Bought the News and that was given over virtually to Redknapp and just to cap the lot, I am sitting watching telly and the whole f------g family are there advertising Wii. Please don't tell me they are there for the whole Xmas ad campaign. The sooner things settle down the better it will be for all of us, I'm sure. I feel ill just looking at Redknapp now.
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27/10/2008 22:15:00

Redknapp has shown his true colours. Basically he is just a grabber and you Bells are better off without him. All that talk of seeing his career out. Personally I think you'll kick on from here. You have a good squad and a very good first team capable of fighting for European places. So why not give Adams his chance? Loyalty has never been one of his problems.
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27/10/2008 22:23:00

By the by, saw a letter in the News and the writer said that although Redknapp was a good Manager, he was a very little man. I couldn't agree more. For me, it wasn't that he went, it was his big chance so good luck to him. It was the way he did it, with absolutely no respect for us. He stole away in the night and turned up the next day as bold as brass talking of "we" (him and Spurs), getting excited when Spurs scored, telling people he had his eye on "one or two players" for January. What an a--------e!
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27/10/2008 22:24:00

Finally, Squee, I think the best thing that could happen is that we get a new owner, cos sure as night follows day, our team will be dismantled in January by Harry and we will suffer this season as a result of this.
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27/10/2008 22:30:00

Jeez this site is filled with some great and honest people and it's truly representative of the people in and around the city that I've spoken to in the past couple of days. For me Redknapp isn't Pompey's greatest ever manager and those of you that know me well would know that I would have said that prior to yesterday (but that's another discussion) Anger followed by a sense of complete and utter worry then a little optimism then more worry and a even a tad bored with all the talk.. As at now I have mixed feelings as he did guide us to some great times and times that I for one only dreamt of seeing during some dark dark days when we were in div4 but he didn't do it alone and should not be given all the credit. Adams to take over ? Yeah I'd love to see it but worry that he's not got the experience in the place we are going miss Harry the most .. his wheeling and dealing.. Adams with Grant is a strong possibility.. but then again for stability and steading a rocking ship surely Big Sam is the man... but with Crouch up from you don't need to be a rocket scientist to know what'll happen if he's appointed.. Bottom line is that I really don't know where we go from here.. or whether to be worried or relieved we had rid ourselves of a man who having worked his way back into our hearts, snuck out like the thief Rug and Gandor describe.. I think for now I'll just remember the relief the crowd felt when Crouchy scored yesterday and the feeling of utter defiance I and the rest of what was a very subdided Fratton End felt when we sung at the top of our voices.. Who the ***** is Harry Redknapp.. And the blues go marching on oN ON !
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27/10/2008 22:59:00

Adams isnt proven, this decision has to be the right one otherwise our top players will walk.. in Harry they had someone to look up to.. this is why i rekon Big Sam is our man Grant did well with Chelsea but then my dog could manage them to a top 3 finish and he's part chihuahua!
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28/10/2008 06:50:00

If Fat Sam and his cronies were to come in then I reckon we'd lose our top players. Adams offers continuity.
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28/10/2008 12:23:00

I worry that we've had the best of times & there is a long slippery sloop that has grabbed us. I see the tunnel approaching but no light at the end of it.
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28/10/2008 13:09:00


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