Date:Monday June 8 2009
Milan Mandaric is a man that I will be forever grateful too as he quite literally saved the club, but I do wish he would keep quiet sometimes...
The former Pompey chairman is never afraid to voice his opinion and is never short of a word or two is he, so, and in many ways I am surprised that it has taken so long to be honest, his words in The News today that Pompey should turn to Jamie's Dad for a third time do not surprise me: 'Harry Redknapp is a fantastic manager. He knows and understands the game far better than most.
'He's a top manager and the right manager for Portsmouth. I rate him so highly.
'Managing people is his best quality. He's not perfect and sometimes he would drive me crazy, but that quality always prevails.'
Ok, I do not think that 'man-management' can ever really be questioned, although his ability to 'turn his back' on someone so easily as he can, and has, is a shocking trait - maybe it is a good one in a cut throat world like football though? Nor can his ability to manage the press, and keep them onside, but his 'morals' and 'principles', or should that be lack of, can and will be something that I can and will question from now on - I was far too blinkered to this before...
Out of a matter of principle I do not want this, and seriously hope this is not a bridge we cross again.
I would agree with Mandaric, as on the whole I think most would, that ultimately 'his' return the second time from the lot down the road was the thing that we needed and at that time - even though when you look at it in all honesty he did the dirty on them big time, left us for them as 'the going looked good' even with them in trouble, when they went down and we 'looked the better option' so back he came.
'He' was quite possibly, strike that probably the only one that could have saved us from relegation that season, and the rest as they say has become history. Of course I thank him for the part he played but I do think that he should remain part of that history, and not the present or future!
Of course when asked a question the Serbian will reply, as that is him all over he loves the limelight - and that having to share it with another with a large ego is what led to the split the first time - but sometimes deciding to be diplomatic is the best option perhaps.
Like I say, I am eternally grateful to Mandaric, and of course 'him', but focusing on his job with Leicester should be his priority as should allowing 'him' to do so with Spurs.
Dr SAF wants 'what the fans want', and on the whole we all know that the fans do not want 'him' back, putting aside the 'would he even return thoughts', which despite what most might think at Spurs, and what most of us might want here, I still suspect that he would you know!
In my genuine, and I would like to think unbiased, thinking - also putting aside any personal issues I might have on 'him', which by refusing to call him by name might question this I realise! - a return to Pompey for a 3rd time is not 'the best thing for the club' this time as Mandaric suggests.
Who knows what will happen next though in what is a crazy world of football, I would not put money against this happening again, but then again I would not be putting that much on it either! But, as they say time will tell...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday June 8 2009
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