Date:Monday October 29 2007
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?
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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Date:Monday October 29 2007
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