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Redknapp plotting double Pompey raid?

Harry Redknapp might not be able to return to Pompey to poach our players, or at least try to poach them, until January but 'reports' today are claiming that he is coming back to take two members of our backroom staff - and two key members at that...

Chief scout Ian Broomfield is 'said' to have left his post at Pompey yesterday, although nothing has been officially confirmed or denied by Pompey - but 'rumour' has it he is already making his way to Spurs to join Redknapp.

Another that is being 'linked' with Spurs is David Coles, who has been a revelation since joining as our goalkeeping coach.

Losing one or both would be a major blow, as we cannot underestimate the job that both have done.

Sure, Redknapp might have been a big draw to players but Broomfield - and his team of scouts - sourcing others has been key to our success; so losing him would be a very bad thing. As said Redknapp was a big draw but the role that Broomfield has played - and Peter Storrie to be fair - in bringing players to the club cannot be underestimated, so as much as losing him as manager was a big blow losing our chief scout would arguably be an even bigger blow! Would other scouts also follow him...

As for Coles the upturn in fortunes for David James since his arrival as goalkeeping coach is more than coincidental - he has worked wonders with rebuilding James' confidence and bringing the very best of his ability out of him again, not to mention the work he has done with our other keepers. Losing him would be something that I feel James would take very badly, as would our other keepers and the side as a whole. So hopefully this will be enough to convince him that staying here is the right thing.

Until something official is announced all this remains mere speculation, although it is already being 'said' that Tony Adams and Storrie are going to fight to keep Coles in a bid to prevent him from again working with Redknapp, as he had with the lot down the road prior to us...

Losing players to him would be bad enough, but the coaching side of things and scouting network being ripped apart would have as big an impact, if not more so for me.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 6 2008

Time: 10:40AM

Your Comments

I'm gutted if this is true. Coles is class, i've never felt hes received the recognition he deserves. I've read a few rumours today of Diarra to City. reported 10mil is a joke, If we got 12 for Sulley then Las is worth between 15/18 (with the stupid money city are throwing around we should get 20) but if he has to go, i'd rather city than spurs.
SUAC51
Shame on the GK coach. The fear is DJ may join him. Maybe not in Jan but in the summer. As 10m for Diarra. Double it please.
storagematt
look take you pay offs and use th emoney wisely in the chumpionship. (Where you belong) We all know you bunch of sailor aren't happy unless you getting beat by Southampton. Arryyyyyy. The savior. Come on Coles you know there is a real goalie inside Gomes somewhere. You just need to bring it out
bullers
I just can't get involved anymore, what with transfer windows and managers jumping ship i'm emotionally drained as far as Pompey are concerned. I'm even beginning to question if i can be bothered to go anymore. Trouble is after all these years which started way back in the sponsor a square foot of fratton Park days i shall never forgive myself if i walk out on them now. If only players and managers demonstrated the same loyalty these days.
Steve C
Sorry bullers we all know Spurs are the strongest team in the Prem. You have to be, what with 19 other teams to hold up
PFCGino
I don't think DJ will go... well at least I hope not! I don't think he'd be too keen on the commute from Deven to North London and back each day - it'd be a big fat carbon footprint if he did!
Squee
Squee I hope you're right, I've been mulling over whether Jamo might leave us, and he's been uncharacteristically quiet since last weekend! but one of the important factors in him maybe being happy to stay at Pompey is Dave Coles, he's done wonders with Jamo's confidence and has been a big factor in him getting his England place back. This could be Harry's way of undermining Jamo's wish to stay, if Coles goes it could tip the balance. Lets hope that Adams and Storrie are sharp on this and offer Coles a pay rise, whatever it takes to keep him here. - SteveC, c'mon keep the faith, Pompey needs us all to get behind Tony!
tracyc
The best and worst of HR Harry Redknapp RELEGATED SOUTHAMPTON THE SURVIVAL OF POMPEY FA CUP WINNER The worst of HR DESERTED US TWICE LEFT FOR THE ENEMY LEFT AGAIN FOR MONEY
pompeygray
They will need a lot more than Coles to turn Gomes into a real goallie. My Mum would be better in goal than him.
sneakay
Funny thing is that this is an example of football being a law unto itself. Generally, in business, a senior executive would have a restrictive covenant in his/her contract preventing him/her from poaching staff when they leave, usually for a period of 12 months. Now, I understand you couldn't stop players moving, what with the transfer system but surely there could be something applied to backroom staff. Sneaks, Harry Potter couldn't turn Gomes into a real goalie!
NinjaTim
Well put Tim. However, any restrictive covenant could, I suspect, be challenged as a restraint of trade which is unenforceable in law.
UKTony
money changes everything tim... or atleast everything in football... but PLEASE say this isn't true... those two have been (in reflection) as important/more important to pompeys success over the last 2 years!
pompeycarpet
Jamo hails David Coles as the man who has helped him regain his England spot. Hope he doesnt go because he would be a good reason for Jamo to stay put.
pompey4me
restrictive covenants........ restraint of trade ..... It's a good job I didn't reas that a 'Restricted Convents' and Restraint of Triads' ... I would have claimed you both had warped minds !! Anyway .. hopes Coles stays but if he doesn't so be it ...new broom and all that ...
Chix
Hi, I am a Spurs fan and I really do feel sorry for the way thiong's have treated pompey as i do have a soft spot for your team. I hate the way football is with no one careing about anything but money!. As all i can say in our defence is that we done thing's the right way and bought Harry for 5m from you and Pompey were willing to sell?? if they said no i don't think harry would have gone any where?? But once again chin up im sorry.
99%TwIsTeD
Chix......regardless of how you read it, you could be right! Tony, as part of my job I deal in employment contract law and such clauses are common place. You're right though about interpretation and enforcement of such. In most cases, the clause would have to challenged prior to the employee signing the contract. For mere mortals in business it's difficult to sue for restraint of trade in such cases as it can be considered as part of a legitimate non-competition clause. However, with all the dosh in football, what's a few million quid for a top lawyer to fight your case? Shame we can't rely on integrity and a man's honour and word. That would be niave of me I guess.
NinjaTim
 

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