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It was only a matter of time before...

It was only a matter of time before...

...someone 'linked' you know who with a return to Pompey!

Well, today Paul Smith in The Sunday Mirror is the man that 'exclusively' does this.

The 'claims' are that Sulaiman Al Fahim wants 'him' to return to his 'spiritual home' for a third time to front the Pompey revolution, once again - although former Inter manager Roberto Mancini is also a man that he says features prominently on our 'want list', strangely there is little, or in fact no mention to the 'so-called favourite' Sven Goran Eriksson...

Right, lets put aside the thoughts that this is almost certainly rubbish anyway, we only have to look at his 'I am Pompey 'til I die', the 'I could not walk out on the fans again', the 'this is my spiritual home' lines, and promises that were made and broken to decide that we could not willingly take the man back surely?

That is after we have even recalled the walking out on us and pitching up with the lot down the road the first time round before returning and the walking out on us when the funds dried up the second time round to join Spurs, even having the nerve to say that our financial plight was so bad that 'we' decided to cash in on arguably our greatest ever manager for a 'mere' £5m in compensation. Some 'reports' claim that 'he' had actually decided that he would stay with Pompey, and although I have little or no time for the man now, I think I do in my heart of hearts know it was a tough call to make but ultimately became a call that he made for the wrong reasons - money!

If you love something so much, you love it through the good and the bad times, not just the good - had he stayed for the bad times, although to be fair there was no sign of the possible good times that could lay ahead again, he 'could' have been in his element...

Again, and once again highlighting the fact that this 'exclusive' is probably a bigger pile of you know what than the one I picked up from my dog last night, being able to command the respect of the players that he walked out on who he also said he could not do this to would be tough - ok, as they like him they could probably get over this, but 'if' the going got tough this could easily be used against him and all hell could break lose.

Winning over the respect of most fans would be a near impossibility this time round surely. Despite the 'Harry's return would be supported by many fans' claims!

I know I, and this site, cannot speak for all fans, and of course many would welcome this but on a personal level I would be absolutely disgusted, it might seem 'dramatic' but I might even go as far as say I would be heart-broken as this would seriously test my patience with the club that we could even consider allowing him back again after his walking out on us for a second time! I had publicly backed him over and over again, basically worshiped him and totally forgiven the move to the lot down the road, and believed his every word on his intentions of staying until he retired, to have basically turned around and spat in all of our faces at a time when we needed his 'media skills' and 'wheeler dealing' abilities more than any other time is a deception that I know I can never forgive, and I know I am still very bitter by this. I suspect I will be for a long, long time to come despite my claims to the contrary at times that I am 'over this' - it hurt, it really hurt, in many ways it still does...

'If' the club accepted him back then to me, in many ways, they would be spitting in our face as much as he did, if not more so?

All in all I think we need to take these 'exclusive claims' with a very large dose of salt as this is an easy conclusion to jump to given his relationship with the club over the years and of course Peter Storrie makes it all too easy, dare I even say lazy! Column inches and 'online' debate was almost certainly the order of the day for The Sunday Mirror here!

They ended by saying 'now, with a new billionaire owner on the Pompey horizon, we might even witness the third coming of Harry' - I end by saying I think, or should that be hope, not...


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Date:Sunday May 31 2009
Time: 10:17AM


Loyalty means little in football, we know he left because of the lack of money, that and another favour he owed Mr.Levy, I still don't think he actually wanted to leave last time, but his hand was forced on two fronts, but I also don't think he would be welcomed back with open arms!
31/05/2009 10:33:00
Take a visit to the Spurs page folk...theres a bloke saying " what we need is Ha(i)rry to come out and make a "Definitive denial" of this Bovine Excrement (thats my over literation here)...laugh...i had to remind him of a few of the "definitive denials" we have heard
plymouth graham
31/05/2009 10:48:00
is the doc wants to listen to the fans wishes for taking the club forward ... then here us when we say feck off arry. =p
31/05/2009 13:17:00
Forgave him once. That's it.
31/05/2009 13:30:00
Jamie's Dad doesn't know the meaning of definitive. This story is not worth bothering about.
31/05/2009 17:30:00
What about Steve Bruce? He's got an eye for a good player and he seems to be available. Or Gordon Strachan, Steve Coppell, Claudio Ranieri.
01/06/2009 01:30:00
Dirty Harry has already shot his bolt twice. How could he look in the Mirror again and say he loves Pompey. "Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the Judas of us all"...
01/06/2009 04:06:00
No. Twice bitten. Lets have some juicy rumours about which star players we'll be stealing off him in the transfer window.
01/06/2009 17:55:00
No No No No No No No. Not on your nelly. Never. No.
01/06/2009 19:40:00
The News today says that the club considered it and then discarded the idea for fear of a fans backlash. So perhaps The Doc is making good on his promise to listen to the fans. It might not have been such a no no if he hadn't left the way he did, having said all the 'spiritual home' stuff that we all fell for like fools beforehand. He burned his own bridges, he may never darken our doorstep again!
01/06/2009 19:43:00
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