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Pompey say hands off Redknapp!

The 'Harry Redknapp to Newcastle talk' rumbled on all day yesterday, although he still refused to completely rule out the post Pompey did release a statement revealing that no approach has been made, nor would they welcome one - it read: 'we take it as a compliment that our players and personnel are often linked with some of the top clubs in this country, and indeed abroad.

'It is testimony to the quality of their work.

'However, we do feel it necessary to correct some of the inaccuracies in reports that have surfaced today.

'The club has received no approach for the services of our valued manager Harry Redknapp. He remains as committed as ever to this football club and he recently signed a new, improved four-year contract with Portsmouth'.

No official approach has been made, although it is said that this will come in the next 24 hours?

Everything seems to point towards him staying, but that nagging feeling in my mind that 'maybe' he will go just will not leave me...

His reluctance to rule the post out concerns me the most, and once again he refused to do this when quizzed by BBC Radio Solent. When asked 'if he was interested in taking over at Newcastle' he answered by saying that it was 'a hypothetical question'.

Come on Harry if you are interested in the job lets be honest about it, if not just come out and categorically say you do not want the job! That way this speculation will end once and for all.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 11 2008

Time: 8:06AM

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reports today seem to suggest the barcodes are going all out to get him... not wanting to leave the area may prove too tempting with whats on offer - anyone else - like me - now 'worried' that he will go...
pompeyrug
Yep; there is no smoke without fire and there seems to be a lot of smoke around at the moment. BUT, wasn't it like this when the England vacancy came up? Hang on in there everyone, I think the position will be much clearer at the end of today.
UKTony
I'm begining to wonder now.. I've said no, no, no all along but now I have a niggling doubt given that he's been offerred the use of a private jet, double his salary and 30m to spend... I've been up most of the night talking to Newcastle fans and actually came across the story of this morning approach before Sky had it as breaking news... The Geordie are convinced they WILL get him.. I'm not so sure but with us in Sunderland on Sunday.. it's going to be a weekend of pure speculation unless Harry comes right out and says ,No thanks, I've just signed a four year contract'.. but who in their right mind would do that without at least listening to an offer... Fingers crossed he'll stay, but the doubts are begining to surface..
Chix
It's going to be a long weekend, I agree with the other posters on here and still do believe that money will talk with Harry and he will be given a package that he cannot refuse. He is 60 after and this could be his long term retirement package. In playing terms Newcastle are currently a long way off Pompey, but in Financial Terms we are way behind.
bluedr
ive just had a text from russellm - and like me - he is thinking - or maybe is it just hoping? - that 'arry might just try and use this to get a few quid out of sacha to spend in the transfer marte... they are offering him a fantastic deal - if true - so it will be hard for him to refuse, i pray he does tho - but as i keep saying until he rules it out im worried he will go, i had said i was 70:30 on my thoughts he would stay, im back to 50:50 at best tbh now fellas...
pompeyrug
HR's ego is the answer.
007
Rug, there are other implications here around current transfer targets, until HR sets his stall out we are unlikely to see any new players coming in as they wouldn't be sure who they were playing for!
bluedr
60 is the retirement age for many people. On the south coast he is able to satisfy all his needs. Money to spend on players for the club, the club is nearby, he is paid very well, he gets to live in the place which has the highest property values in Britain. If the lure of a no hoper, northern team proves too much then he is; not the man I thought he was, a complete fool and an egomaniac. He has a nice job here and he knows it, and I don't believe the 'double your salery' crap, either, Sasha's not a fool, he knows how much Redders is worth and has paid him the rate for a top manager. Oh and btw, I get sick of teams thinking football owes them something. They've done NOTHING since the forties except win the FA cup. Even we have been more successful than that lot recently. And to finish off, this comment sums up the football knowledge of the north east: 'On Tyneside's streets, fans have been quick to voice their support for a Shearer-Kevin Keegan dream team'. Fer Christ's sake. Don't be stupid Harry.
Et_tu_Pompeii
Looks like money is talking once more in the Premiership !!!
alphieblues
I am concerned what effect all this Redknapp speculation is going to have on our ability to make quality signings during this month's transfer window. It has to be said that most, if not all, of our signings in recent years have been due in no small part to the persuasiveness of Redknapp and the fact that the new signings want to play for him. If it looks like Redknapp may be off then potential signings are likely to go elsewhere. This situation must be addressed quickly if we are to have a fighting chance of strengthening the squad in January.
sportbilly
I stand to win 750 if he takes the job,but in my heart of hearts I want him to stay with you lot.The Geordies are a pain in the ar$e with their "big club" attitude and HR looks like he could get you lot into a position where you will be a hard club to beat year after year.
SweetLeftFoot
Getting very worried. The salary of 4-5m is hard to turn down, A private jet would getting up Nortrh as easy as driving to London. They have all the facilities we don't. His loyalty to Pompey as with all managers isn't like fans. Brace yourselves chaps, we could loose our Golden Goose. I wouldn't blame him for going, he is human, he has given us the best times of our supporting lives. I just hope he doesn't.
storagematt
Fat Sam will be an able replacement
Et_tu_Pompeii
not
Et_tu_Pompeii
sam would be quality for any body given the right amount of time 8 months is not enough time for any body to sort the toon out they need a complete makeover and i reckon harry isnt stupid enough to go up there harry will still be a true blue by the end of the season
ronnie redknapp
get rid of old twitching harry, soon as the money runs out he'll be off anyway!
saintssl
portsmouth isn't a big enough club for big sam so don't worry Et tu Pompeii you won't be getting him
saintssl
oi sainty, this is a premier discussion, clear off back to the coca cola foram
blueape
i meant forum
blueape
im glad pompey 'isnt a big enough club' saintssl as i dont want fat sam... fellas remember the 'long ball' game we played against boro the other week? well if we got him we'd play that every week, thanks but no thanks...
pompeyrug
only one man would make a good replacement for harry...and hes off to ac milan... So all in all, hands off, a f*** off newcastle, we are a small little club, minding our own buisness down on the south coast, why come along a **** us up, when all we want is to get on nicely! its not like we are competing for places with you, we have been nothing but gracious, so just because you cant look after one of the best managers, doesnt mean you should go nicking ours!!!
pompeycarpet
 

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