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Mandaric has his say...

Mandaric has his say...

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...


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Date:Monday June 8 2009
Time: 12:32PM


I read something last week that said Charleys Grandad didnt have full support of the Spurs board and was upset about having to stay a few nights a week in london away from Sandrah. As much as i'd be against it, I wouldnt be suprised if he did come back for the third time. At least it's never boring being a pompey fan eh.
08/06/2009 12:54:00
It would have been a wonderful fairy tale had He stayed with us through the bad times, scratching around for the odd loan and digging up a talented African player no one had heard of on the cheap. Him shaking his jowls and asking everyone "wot can I doo?" when we lost a match. And then in comes Dr Saf with loadsamoney for Him to spend just how he wanted and take us on the great things. It could have been a legend. But no, he buggered off when the going got tough, so no, I don't want him back. We would always have in the back of our minds what he is capable of, and it would never be the same again. How could we take him to our hearts and think of him as one of us as we did before? No - we couldn't - could we?
08/06/2009 13:04:00
No we couldn't!!
08/06/2009 13:22:00
what was the result from the last poll? he must have been at least third favourite? - definalty ahead of mancini!
08/06/2009 13:40:00
I'm going to put my head on the block here I know, but have given this a great deal of thought. I've had a major change of mind. Given a choice between Sven, Billic and HR, I'd go for HR because he's the best of the three, and if he did come back I'd support him because I love Pompey the team/club. I'm not in love with the manager and owe him no loyalty like I do the team/club. Does anybody actually think Sven would show any loyalty? The man is a money grabbing shark. Managers come and go, just like players, especially in the Prem. It's a results business and we want results. The emotion should only come into it as regards the team. We've got to stand up and admit we're a fickle bunch as fans, that's our prerogative, we're allowed to be, that's football. If the man came back, built a great team, and we were playing great football, Fratton Park would be buzzing. I would be happy with that because I support the TEAM/CLUB not the MANAGER. The chances are it won't happen, but if it does, I for one will get on with it and ditch my original disgust at him going to Spuds. Life's too short...PUP>>>
08/06/2009 14:11:00
Yes very grateful to MM & yes he talks too much. He interferred when HR was here & look where that led us. I am a big fan of HR because of what he achieved when he was here. Yes, I hated him when he left but I am very much over that. I would imagine there are many good managers out there who would be chomping at the bit to spend £m's to make us successful but bringing HR back probabaly wouldn't be the smartest move.
08/06/2009 14:23:00
Yeah, I've got to agree there storagematt Bringing HR back probably wouldn't be the smartest move. I'm just preparing myself mentally, just in case it does happen.
08/06/2009 14:39:00
Thanks Harry for all you did for us, i even forgave your little trip up the road. But your honesty stinks I will retire after this club you said, more fool us for thinking you might actually mean it. No doubt that you have the skills to be a top manager but not the stomach to stick it out when things take a down turn. Some may point at the great escape, but you couldn't lose there, keep us up you were the hero, if we went down the damage was done before you came back. As far as i'm concerned thanks for some great memories but i won't be calling for your return.
Steve C
08/06/2009 16:07:00
More noise.
08/06/2009 16:31:00
I think the anti Harry thing is stupid, in the same way I think the anti scum songs of JPFCW are pointless, the scum are irelevant and Harry's took coq; forget about em they are gone! Thank em for the entertainmemt but its time to move on
08/06/2009 16:51:00
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