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Harry rewarded with a new contract

Harry Redknapp has been rewarded with a new contract that will see him stay with Pompey until at least 2011. This contract is believed to be worth 7m - which will put him among the highest earners in the league.

Since returning to the club - after a brief 'sabbatical' - he has kept us in the top flight, when we looked odds on to go down and then led us to our highest finish in more than 50 years last season. This season he looks as if he might be able to guide us into Europe for the first time in our history.

A clearly happy Redknapp told the Pompey Site: 'I'm delighted. Since returning to Fratton Park I have had nothing but the utmost support from the owner Sacha Gaydamak and chief executive Peter Storrie.

'They have backed me 100 per cent in the transfer market and I am genuinely excited about the group of players I have here with me now.

'The club as a whole is moving in the right direction with exciting news off the field with a new training ground coming next year and a fabulous new state-of-the-art stadium also in the pipeline.

'It's a great place to be right now and I can only see that getting better'.

Think what you want about the man, but he is doing a great job fellas and I honestly do think that he is the only man to continue taking us forward as he is a much respected figure in the game.

We might not always agree with his decisions, but he rarely, if indeed ever steers us wrong does he.

He might agree to let some players go that we might not have wanted - and probably will again in January, he might well also sign some players we raise our eyebrows at but how many of these coming or going are mistakes in the long run...

On the subject of Redknapp I was at the great south run yesterday to watch my cousin and our mate compete and none other than Mr Redknapp himself came strolling along to be no more than a few yards away from me! I wanted to go and say something but I was overcome by fear. I thought I might have had the courage but then he went off to join David James to help get the races started.

It is understood that part of Redknapp's job between now and 2011 is to find and groom his eventual successor.

Many would like Tony Adams but he is never going to hang around another 3 years plus for the job is he, lets be honest. To be honest I am still quite keen on Jamie Redknapp taking up a role with us as and when Adams does move on, so you never know?

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 29 2007

Time: 4:57PM

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Good news, onwards and upwards
paultsmouth
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29/10/2007 17:17:00

yep, he might sign another once he is at the new stadium, if there is one!
PompeyGleamer
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29/10/2007 17:27:00

my big fear: what happens after he leaves? it will certinly be importsnt that he succsesfully grooms a good aprentice, for the survival, and continued improvement of the club.
pompeycarpet
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29/10/2007 18:35:00

yep, that is a worry, but its a long way off yet and he will - or at leats should - have plenty of time to groom someone... ideally adams, but he will leave sooner rather than later. maybe sol? as said i still wouldnt mind jamie redknapp coming on board when adams leave - he talks a good talk and might be ready for a shot when adams does go, which could quite possibly be at the end of this season, failing that the next i would think...
pompeyrug
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29/10/2007 19:38:00

That'll be harry getting the drinks in then. I'm not so sure about Jamie redknapp as manager either.
The Rabbi
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30/10/2007 09:01:00

A great bit of news. Harry forever. Yes money is important but look how many waste it. With HR we can attract almost anybody outside the big 5 or 6 who want to pay 100k per week salaries.
storagematt
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30/10/2007 12:38:00

This is great news - the recent rumours linking 'Arry to the Spurs vacancy made me think what would happen if he left again - and it would be a disaster. Well done 'Arry - and onwards and upwards.
tracyc
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30/10/2007 12:54:00

Me I'm still not 100% convinced Harry is right as a 3 year long termer now, although good stability for the club and perhaps that is the point, 2011, secure club, new stadium, time for a new regime. I'm not sure our jamie can go straight from sky bench to pompey bench, and you don't sense that jamie is so keen either when he is asked on the box. we could probably have a good chance of being match 1 game of the day though
russellm
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30/10/2007 23:56:00

Great news. Glad Pompey have given HR a new contract. This gives the club more stability from which to build on its current success. I hope they're looking also at succession planning though and not simply suggesting they'll keep it in the family by giving Jamie the top job when the time comes. Why is Joe Jordan never mentioned as HR's eventual successor? Don't you think Tony will end up back at Arsenal on Wenger's staff one of these days?
NinjaTim
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31/10/2007 16:51:00

umm... I'm not sure 'arry's succussor is even at the club yet Cant see big Tone staying beyond the end of the season (although I'd love him to) Toothless Joe although he never gets a mention as Ninja suggets it not the man for the job (Sammy Lee syndrome) and as for Jamie ... well I can't and don't want to see that at our club.... that would literally br jobs for the boys... Other than that who is there ? - I say we enjoy 'arry for the time being and worry about it in a couple of years...
Chix
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01/11/2007 07:21:00

With all this income HR will still own most of the South Coast rather than just the more expensive;-)
eastneydave
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01/11/2007 13:44:00

And as for his apprentice I think he should entice Jamie away from Sky. He is definitely a chip off the old block.
eastneydave
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01/11/2007 13:47:00

i agree completely dave, jamie would be my pick tbh... what is more he wouldnt stab 'arry in the back whilst he taught him the ropes.
pompeyrug
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01/11/2007 17:27:00

 

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