Vital Football

You made your bed, lie in it!

You made your bed, lie in it!

I do not want this to seem like it is a 'get at Harry Redknapp thing' as it is not, I love the fella to bits, but his moaning over the international break, before, during and after do not really leave me with much sympathy, clearly it is a pain but what can you do?

As he told The News he feels the international breaks are basically a joke: 'the international break is a mess. We played at Arsenal two Saturday's ago, I had 10 players go and didn't see or hear from them until Friday morning before Liverpool.

'I asked one of them who he played; he said Burkina Faso, or whatever it is. I've never heard of it. I bet they are good at football. I know where it is now'.

Virtually immediately after the Arsenal defeat almost half of the Pompey squad jetted off for various internationals around the globe, with most not returning until a day or so before the Liverpool match at the weekend.

Clearly, this did not give Redknapp much time to work with the team, let alone talk about the Arsenal match, as had he done that we would have been going into the Liverpool match in a negative mindset, but it is the same for most teams, so what can he do.

To be the best you have to buy the best, which are mostly international standard, these are clearly the best players, but when all is said and done he chooses to sign these players so it is the price you pay with signing international players, particularly the African ones that he is so keen on signing.

These international breaks frustrate me too, but they happen, there is not a lot you can do about them is there, the only way to avoid them is by not signing international players but then we will never get to where we want to go!

If he does not like this now, then he will hate January when the African Nations comes around and we lose a lot of important players for a number of weeks in many cases, but I will be prepared to launch a savage attack on him if he laments this as he had strengthened the team with even more African players over the summer, so he can blame no one at all for this as although the African Nations might not mean much to most of us it is a major deal for Africans, so although the timing is bad for us, it is good for them.

Again, I must stress I am not having a pop at Redknapp but you cannot have things both ways can you, as the saying goes, you made your bed so lie in it - and this applies to all managers, who know what they are letting themselves in for when they sign international players.


To join the Vital Pompey debate - in the forum or with comments on articles - simply take a few seconds to register an account.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Date:Wednesday September 19 2007
Time: 5:28PM


'I asked one of them who he played; he said Burkina Faso, or whatever it is. I've never heard of it. I bet they are good at football. I know where it is now'. Your manager is a muppet!
19/09/2007 17:30:00
not sure about the muppet bit, but i would agree that this kind of comment shows a real lack of respect - but he is not the only one thinking like this mate... but he, along with the other managers out there that are moaning know what they are letting themselves in for when they sign internationals, particularly african footballers...
19/09/2007 17:35:00
Even I know where Burkina Faso is!!
19/09/2007 17:41:00
i think that he was prob being more sarcastic than anything...
19/09/2007 17:50:00
he was trying to make a point...i mean, really, was it worth whoever it was (who was it?) going off to play burkina faso. I know that there have been complaints about peopleputting club over country...but berkina faso...No sympathy about the squad leaving, as liverpool had more playoirs leave. Its like a handicapp...the better you are, the more playors leave...anyway, i feel mor sorry for chelski in the ACoN - without drogba, they were s**t
19/09/2007 18:12:00
burkina faso have as much right as anyone else to play international football tho dont they mate...
19/09/2007 18:16:00
Exactly Rug. Sarcastic or otherwise, it was still a bit of an ignorant thing to have said - especially since by all accounts, a lot of folks in Africa now see pompey as their EPL club too given the number of Africans from multiple nations that we have. Anyway, I'm sure they're a lot more entertaining to watch than any club we'd get to see out here (particularly LA Galaxy).
19/09/2007 19:47:00
Harry has to accept that his players are going to jet off to all parts, i would rather that happen, than having to look forward to going to Layer Road or the like. Good players will be playing international football Harry accept it.
19/09/2007 19:48:00
sorry...nothing against berkina faso, although i don't actually know who went to play against them. unfortunalty, our playors will dissapear on international breaks - nothing we can do about it (other than buy non-intrnational quality playors...whichwould be plain stupid...)
19/09/2007 21:00:00
to deal with the first line of your article pompeyrug, i also love our H but i also accpet him for the liying, scheming, cheating manipulative so and so that he is and he will; never take the blame for anything, but i dont think for this season at least i would swap him for anyone, so i think i am honest in my thoughts. HR has been going off the rails a bit lately and this is just another example. Pompeycarpet no offence mate but i am surprised that you would post such a comment, its almost as i i shall say "misplaced" as Harrys. if you are african playing for your country beating burkino faso is as important to you as us beating russia was for us, secondly if harry doesnt like it when africans play for their country dont buy them, he had plenty of opprortunity to buy those useless italians, spaniards, french or Giovanni etc, but chose to buy african.
19/09/2007 23:07:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Double figure aim for Baker

Goals are in the game of Baker; we've seen this already as the midfielder has scored four for Pompey since his arrival from MK Dons in the summer. His aim is at least 10-goals.

On this day in history...27th October

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 27th October.

Match Day Officials v Cambridge (29/10/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Cambridge United this Saturday.

May loaned to Sutton

Adam May will spend the next month away from Pompey with non-league side Sutton as he looks to continue his development.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Editor email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Notts County MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Naismith0%
Sub - Main0%
Sub - Lalkovic0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 14 10 2 2 32 12
2 Carlisle 14 7 7 0 28 10
3 Doncaster 14 8 2 4 26 8
4 Luton 14 6 5 3 23 9
5 Portsmouth 14 6 3 5 21 6
6 Notts County 14 6 3 5 21 1
7 Accrington 14 5 5 4 20 1
8 Grimsby 14 6 2 6 20 0
9 Crawley 14 5 5 4 20 -1
10 Morecambe 14 6 2 6 20 -6
11 Mansfield 14 4 7 3 19 1
12 Crewe 14 4 7 3 19 -1
13 Yeovil 14 6 1 7 19 -5
14 Blackpool 14 4 5 5 17 4
15 Colchester 14 4 5 5 17 -1
16 Cheltenham 14 3 7 4 16 -1
17 Hartlepool 14 3 7 4 16 -4
18 Barnet 14 3 7 4 16 -4
19 Cambridge 14 4 4 6 16 -5
20 Leyton Orient 14 4 3 7 15 -2
21 Wycombe 14 4 3 7 15 -5
22 Stevenage 13 4 2 7 14 -3
23 Exeter 14 4 1 9 13 -6
24 Newport 13 1 5 7 8 -8
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Cheltenham Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 22 2016 7:45PM : Luton Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Grimsby Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

The Vital Football Members League