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Redknapp Has Nothing To Hide

Pompey Manger Harry Redknapp, along with other Managers will shortly find out the results of the Premier League enquiry into football corruption, and amidst fresh claims made against arry he has been quick to counter with a statement on his innocence.

A Panorama programme looking into the alleged widespread corruption among football is to be screened on BBC One on the 18th September with Redknapp one of he managers targeted. When speaking in the Sun Redknapp said.

"I spoke to this bloke for about five minutes, if that. He told me he had some world-class players he could bring to England and I said 'Good luck to you'."

"We chatted while all the Portsmouth apprentices sat around and that was about it."

"He went away and I thought that was the end of it. Now I find I am at the centre of some big investigation, yet again."

"I thought this bloke was a genuine football agent."

"I can't say 'Show me the evidence' if this bloke was taping it all."

"But there is no evidence against me. I don't even know why my name has been dragged into all this. It's cobblers."

Mike Newell, Manager of Championship side Luton would open the lid on the investigation into football's corruption, conducted by Lord Steven, with his allegations that a "bung" was offered to him by a football agent and such occurrences are common place in football.

Redknapp is no angel it has to be said but he says he has nothing to hide, and although he is often seen as bit of a Dell Boy if he has nothing to hide then you would believe him. It is often claimed he may have accepted a few brown envelopes in the past (along with most other Managers it must be added!) and even if this is the case there is no way that he would be fooled into such an act with so much attention drawn to this type of thing over the past year, and more than likely before.

Redknapp would begin his coaching career with a former club, and fellow South Coast outfit Bournemouth in 1982 as an Assistant, but would become the outright manager in 1984 and has not looked back since.

After his Bournemouth resignation in 1992 he returned to his first club West Ham, again as an Assistant manager. When Billy Bonds left the club Redknapp would take up the position of Manager in 1994. Either being sacked or resigning, in a move that remains a mystery still to this day he left the Hammers in May 2001.

It wouldn't take him long to return to football, arriving at Fratton Park in the summer of 2001, initially as Director of Football. Having rejected the opportunity to leave this role to take over as Leicester City boss he would eventually succeed Graham Rix, a move that would always be likely following his arrival.

Under Redknapp's leadership in his first full season as Manager he won us the old First Division Championship, guiding us back to the top flight. A very creditable 13th place finish, in fact more than creditable, our most successful to date would be achieved in our first Premiership season.

I'll never forget the classic LIVE SKY Sports game with Fulham, some of his post match comments seemed to imply the end was near, and so it proved. Disagreements with Milan Mandaric would see Redknapp walk away from Fratton Park on an emotional 23rd November 2004. Then would follow his, well we all know what would follow, we'll skip past this...

A little over a year after leaving Pompey Redknapp would return to his spiritual home (in a move shrouded in controversy that split fans) and guided us to the seemingly impossible Premiership safety when we appeared dead and buried. With 'arry no longer a spring chicken, a new three-year contract would be signed in the summer which is likely to see him end his managerial career at Fratton Park, although with 'arry you never know...

He will more than likely follow one of the following three paths:

* See this three-year deal through and carry on...
* See this three-year deal through and walk away from football all together...
* See this three-year deal through then seek a fresh challenge...

The one constant here is I expect him to see out his three-year deal at least, and the latest allegations against him will not alter this in the slightest.




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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 11 2006

Time: 11:36AM

Your Comments

Very Good article indeed well done. I must tress my disappointment once again in some media programme wanting to Bring someone down with their, bizarrely allowed, form of entrapment. Isnt that illegal? And as ALL parties concerned are stating their innocence, along with the news of the World, yesterday saying that the BBC confirm they have NO Evidence... Why is this Story being run in ANY papaer, as well as, Why are the BBC wasting Licence Payers Money on this Progamme anyway.? I would have thought that the BBC would, and Could, Spend the money more wisely.
Midge
I think the BBC have a nerve trying to do this sort of investigative journalism about alledged bungs in football. I'm certain Harry is no angel when it comes to transfers. But I'm sure there are plenty of upper BBC management who operate in pretty much the same manner when it comes to business. We should ban their cameras and journalists from Fratton park and the training ground until they stop this witchhunt. innocent until proven guilty.
The Rabbi
Shouldn't they let the F.A sort them sort of enquirys out instead of those plankers at the BBC gettin involved!
Westov
So everything is great in this country is it. How many drug dealers do we have on our streets? How many illeagal immigrants turned up last week? How many m of benefit fraud went on today? BBC put it in perspective & don't lower yourselves into the gutter.
storagematt
Touche storagematt...
pompeyrug
Basically on reflection a big TOUCHE should go out to all of you who have posted on this article thus far...
pompeyrug
This was the what i put on the forum about 6 ish today.... A fellah i know who works in londons media street tells me that the beeb, had nothing on Harry and didnt really suspect him, they were it seems hoping that he would brag and give them some names. The Beebs lawyers are in private, now entirely unconvinced the program should be aired and believe it could end up being yet another costly panorama catastrophy. IF !!! that is true doesnt it make you glad they put up the licence fee, furthermore a public apology should be broadcast on MOTD etc. Or perhapse Harry should sue, so we can afford that Muntari chappy..... but then the licence fee would go up again. .....the only response to the comment was questioning why can Harry litigate and why should the BBC apologise. The answers of damage to a club and a man are i think are stuningly obvious. Sadly the FA was never going to sort it were they, and frequently now panorama does hit the gutter.
russellm
Pompey's highest position in the Premier League was actually 13th and not 11th as stated, then we came 16th and 17th respectively. This season should see our best to date, but 34 games is a long way from home.
pompeygray
My mistake, sorry pompeygray, corrected... 13th, unlucky for some, which in effect it did as the slide set in over the next 2 seasons...
pompeyrug
Why shouldn't the BBC apologise? Of course they should, you are right. You are basically slating a persons character aren't you with what has been done. It takes a bigger person to say sorry, so if they did most would accept this and move on. I'm sure the programme could make good viewing but not so sure it was a good idea. The BBC can't aford not to show it now, but I have no doubts (as you say russell) that in private they wish they'd stayed away... If 'arry spoke to his lawyers, the BBC would only take it out on us general public (those of whom don't avoid playing their license!) and charge us more to compensate...
pompeyrug
yep pompeyrug, we the licence paying faithfull lose either way, im hoping that the team will get a wagons in the circle attitude and not be deflected by what currently is heresay and speculation.
russellm
Has anyone ever heard H.R. apologise for going 'down the road'?
FEn_100
 

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