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Harry: I`m a Miracle Worker

Harry: I`m a Miracle Worker

Harry Redknapp has basically called himself a miracle worker, for turning players who where supposedly past it, into awesome footballers.

'Kanu's done well. It's been a good start for him. I think he's enjoying his football, and the crowd are responding to him. He feels important. His confidence is high.

'I took Kanu when everyone kept telling me he was finished. But he's still a fantastic player.

'I took Arjan De Zeeuw when everyone told me he would not be a Premier League footballer as long as he lived.

'I took Paolo Di Canio to West Ham when everyone said I was off my rocker. Five years later and he was being hailed as one of the greatest ever players the club had seen.

'And I took Paul Merson to Pompey when people said he couldn't do it anymore.'


He does have a fair point though. He has forgotten to include players like Festa, Steve Stone, Patrick Berger, Shaka Hislop etc…

Redknapp also talked about how some managers know good players when they see them;

'It's all about being a good judge, Look at Martin O'Neill. He knows what he's doing. Stilian Petrov and Gareth Barry have been the best two players for Aston Villa this season - and I was chasing both of them all summer.

'Martin, Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Jewell - they all know a good player. They're good judges. And they know how to get the best out of people. They get players wanting to play for them.

'There's all this talk about modern-thinking coaches. But you can't turn bad players into good ones.'

'I've got a smashing group of players here. I've been pleased with them in training. I've been pleased with their attitude.

'It's a pleasure to come in and work with them every day. The players look around and see we've bought some good ones in during the summer. It's a good feeling to have a good squad and to train with players of quality.

'But I've always loved my time here. I feel at home here. I enjoy it.'


This article was wrote last Thursday when the system was down.




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Date:Monday October 16 2006

Time: 12:06PM

Your Comments

Me, me, me, me, me, me, me. He doesn't change does he?
FEn_100
I dont like that attitude to be honest. A miracle worker? I will believe it when you finish in the top 4.
jono_forest
Great manager, but it is a bit classless to go around blowing your own trumpet the way he does sometimes. Perhaps he's angling for Mclaren's job when it comes available next week.
Toronto4Pompey
so9d off jono. We don't give to55 what you think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
storagematt
never been one to sit on the fence has he? i can see FEn's face now!
paultsmouth
'au contraire' matt. I'm always interested to hear what other people think of us. Strange, i never took you to be the narcissistic type, or is it just jono's views that you take exception to?
FEn_100
I think he can rightly say that after all he has been doing it for years (De Canio, Merson etc ) so why not boast about something your good at !
dazednconfuzed
no, no, no Fen-100! jono is not a nazi, LoL its worse heee's a NORTHENER
russellm
He's got a good eye for a player sometimes. there have been a number of players that fell flat on there faces as well during his career. Had Harry had his way then Gary O'neil would've been sold in his first spell at the club. So his judgement is not quite as perfect as he would have us think. He's also managed to wreck a few good players just because he didn't sign them. Harry you have a good eye for a player and a knack for getting the best out of many players but you're no miracle worker and far too biased against players you haven't signed to be a truly great manager. But you're doing a pretty good job at the moment.
Steve C
harry my old son you are without doubt the greatest manager the fair county of hampshire has ever witnessed. In addition to all the miracle signings you have mentioned, who can forget other purchases such as John Curtis, Eyal Berkovic, Pavel Srnicek, and Boris Zivkovic? I certainly haven't. The miracles you have worked on the old, the ill, and the unliked are nothing cpmpared with those of Sam Allardyce. His bunch of outcasts beat yours recently. One area where your magic wand has yet to touch is that of the young. Why have Pompey none if any youthful players. the only one we do have, Gary O'Neill, was deemed second rate, by the manager before last. Which was you wasn't it? The best time we have had in the premiership with you present was when we beat our biggest rivals 4-1 not too far back. Unfortunately not many of us care to remember your loyalties that day. Keep on trying harry, I'm sure Steve McClaren is looking behind him as we speak.
The Rabbi
I must admit i thought he was talking tongue in cheek, but for all you arm chair critics out there give me the name of a manager who has seen success with a lack of confidence problem. Now we all want HR to be a successfull manager dont we? hmm?
russellm
storagematt seems to have had a long running battle with jono! We know what Redknapp is, does he really need to be saying this himself. This was often his trouble with Mandaric wasn't it, they both wanting to be the dogs dangly bits, neither really like playing second fiddle...
pompeyrug
 

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