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