Date:Tuesday November 27 2007
He may be refusing to rule out the England job - which is fair enough - but Harry Redknapp has told The News that his loyalty to Pompey should not be questioned, as he has already been approached for other jobs this season and turned them down.
I have heard of some 'fans' claiming that Redknapp's refusal to rule out the England job is showing a lack of loyalty to Pompey and that he would be 'turning his back on the club' should he be offered and accept the England job - which probably will not happen anyway will it?
Redknapp claims that agents claiming to represent other clubs have already approached him this season, but they have been sent packing as he has no desire to leave Pompey - unless England came calling - as why would he: 'I have had a few offers and turned them down. I'm just not interested.
'I am happy at Portsmouth and am just getting on with my job. I do not want to leave here. I want to stay.
'Why should I go anywhere else?
'I am building a good team here and have worked hard to get it where it is, I'm not going to go now.
'I would not want to say who has approached me, I'm not going to start naming names, it's unfair on the clubs involved'.
I have absolutely no problem with Redknapp refusing to rule out the England job as it is fair enough that he would want such a prestigious job, this is something that every Englishman - and several foreigners - aspire to be when they start their managerial careers, why should he be any different?
Anyone that thinks by not ruling this out and openly admitting he would want the England job he is showing a 'lack of loyalty' to Pompey needs their head looking at, and as far as I am concerned they are not real fans anyway, as these are the kinds of 'fans' that still hold a grudge against Redknapp for his momentary loss of faculties a few years back, the kind that are waiting for him to slip up!
Long before Spineless Steve left and the England job was even 'up for grabs' I had firmly believed that we would not see Redknapp ever manage anyone else other than Pompey again, unless the chance to manage England does happen I still firmly believe this.
Should the chance come and he takes the England job I would be devastated, more so than I was when he left first time - and I was inconsolable - but I would not hold it against him in the slightest and would back him all the way, that said I still pray he will not be offered it anyway!
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Date:Tuesday November 27 2007
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