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Redknapp appreciative of support

Redknapp appreciative of support

Harry Redknapp has told the Pompey site how much he appreciated the reception and support he received at the weekend: 'it was a lovely reception - the support I received was fantastic.

'Some people just assume you have done something wrong.

'But I have done nothing wrong and the general reaction I have had from people has been great'.

Firstly let me make it clear that I do not think that anyone thought he was guilty, or that people were not supportive of Redknapp but to be honest I was slightly disappointed with the overall support that he got at the weekend...

Sporadic chants of 'there's only one Harry Redknapp' and 'Harry Redknapp's blue and white army' did break out, but these - from where I was sat anyway - only seemed to come from certain sections of the crowd and not everyone seemed willing to join in and they soon petered out.

Then again in all honesty we probably have not heard these songs anywhere near as much as we once used to, as like it or not - and I do not - some people still cannot get past his stint down the road can they?

Also, the impression that I seemed to get was these only came in response to songs the blue scousers sang aimed at Redknapp - but then again the atmosphere, much like our 2nd half showing seemed as flat as I have known it for some time...


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Date:Wednesday December 5 2007
Time: 1:23PM

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With the good times comes what I call the 'cricket-clapping' fans and the silent fans - who come just to see wins. Add this to the non-support from certain sections of the South and you have a stadium starting to lose it's atmosphere. It hasn't been great this year at all.
05/12/2007 13:45:00
We have a fantastic noise at FP though the it seems to be more previlent in times of adversaty. As for HR no doubt he will be expelled to manage the Sudan national team for winding up the police.
05/12/2007 14:23:00
like i said, was a touch disappointed with 'arry's support on the whole... ive never been 'a singer' tbh, but occassionally i feel the urge to let rip, but always do some foot stomping and/or clapping... tbh ive not been able to get to fratton much over the past 5 or 6 years but each time i have this atmosphere does seem to have died down more - still great support tho im not saying this, i just dont want us swaollowed up by 'corporate types' just because we look like becoming 'no longer *****'... maybe its the expectation now, a goal would probably release alot of this built up frustration - and when it comes the fortress will go mad wont it!
05/12/2007 14:48:00
I was surprised that we didn't raise the roof througout the game for Harry. Disappointing really.
05/12/2007 16:35:00
yep it was - did you find it only seemed sporadic and only by certain sections when this support came? it rarely - not always tho - seemed a wholehearted full on group effort...
05/12/2007 17:31:00
Could just be that folks want to see how things play out. I mean, any way you slice it, it is a bit embarrassing to have the manager of the club you support arrested in an alleged corruption scandal. Conventional wisdom says " there's no smoke without fire ", and all that. I think most just want the whole think to blow over and see things return to normal.
05/12/2007 19:41:00
Whizz, Matt, Rug, I agree with you all. Where I sit in North Stand there are lots of randoms coming along each week to watch rather than join in, and it seems that adversity does tend to galavanise the support. But I think there will be a great release once we get that goal!
05/12/2007 19:50:00
Believe it or not, the arrests even made news out here, with HR's mugshot in sport sections. Trouble is, he has such an honest face :)
05/12/2007 19:58:00
It's interesting to read the comments from people who sit in different parts of the ground to me... although I admit the chants for Harry were few and far between when they were sung it was as good as anything I've heard in the Fatton End for a while and given that 'Westwood' refuses to sing his name (following his jaunt down the road a couple of years back) I thought it was pretty ok and from where I stand (far back upper tier Fratton End) it was obvious the South and North stands were joining in... As for the chants being a reaction to what the Everton fans were singing I didn't hear anything about him from then... All that said it's not the best at the moment and although 'generally' people believe he is innocent (although on what basis I don't know) there's still a huge section of the Fratton End (and probably elsewhere) who are really hacked off with the Kanu playing and Taylor and Nugent on the bench situation... Harry maybe our manager and a good one at that but to be honest there's a lot of people out there who can't fathom what he is thinking of...... But It will all go when we beat Spurs and things will get back to normal I'm sure..
06/12/2007 19:32:00
interesting points mate - and fair enough... i was in the north upper this time so depending on where you are things could appear deceptive... these reactions - being near the everton fans in the milton end as i was - did seem to come after them singing things like 'he's going down, he's going down, he's going, 'arry's going down'...
06/12/2007 23:22:00
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