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Pompey refuse official approach...

The Daily Mail are reporting what they say is an 'exclusive' that Pompey have refused an 'official approach' from Newcastle for Harry Redknapp.

If this is in fact true, then the only way that he will be able to talk to them is by resigning his position at Pompey... but they also report that he has given it 48 hours thought but wants to accept 'the biggest challenge of his career' by taking over at Newcastle.

His standard press conference on a Friday was also cancelled, so it is not looking good fellas.

To be honest I have all sorts of thoughts going around in my head but I am trying to restrain myself as I do not want to say anything in the heat of them moment or off the cuff, what I do know is I am getting increasingly frustrated with this situation already - the fact that I have to go to work shortly and will not know anything until late tonight will be even worse if I do not find out before I go!

Come what may, whatever happens I do not want it dragged out, I want this sorted sooner rather than later - but will say now if Redknapp does go the fella that I want to take over is Tony Adams.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 11 2008

Time: 1:21PM

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harry should say something that gives a clear indication of what eh is thinking instead of cloudy could go either way comments i really want him to saty is the best thing that has happened for this club and just as things look like the team is at its strongest eh si going ot leave what a shame
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11/01/2008 13:43:00

The worrying thing in the Daily Mail is supposedly they say that Harry now reckons he has taken Pompey as far as he can go. Not a quote mind you so that could be typical press bulls**t. I reckon we are going to lose him I'm sorry to say, but if he does go I hope he falls flat on his face. We may take Sam on down here if Harry goes? Think the best thing though would be to give Tony the job for the rest of the season and then see where the land lies before extending the deal or getting another more seasoned manager in. Lets just hope this all blows over and we get back to sorting out our squad and push for European football.
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11/01/2008 13:46:00

why would he go there, he will be sacked in less than a year. Newcastle fans will start booing again (do they ever stop) when he doesn't have them top of the league by march. I'd worry about pompey if he did leave.
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11/01/2008 13:47:00

just give us something to work with 'arry - by not saying anything it seems like he wants the job tho...
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11/01/2008 14:00:00

i cant see tony adams being a good coach in the transfer market. but he would play the younger players...
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11/01/2008 14:04:00

Shame, Harry is losing a lot of credibility here with Pompey Fans. With him leaving the Training Ground I would guess he has gone back to meet with Storrie as he will have heard that we have rejected there request to speak. I'm afarid this looks likely to lead to him leaving shortly with a sour taste in everyone's mouth!
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11/01/2008 14:05:00

Harry is stuffed either way. Being so vague about the Newcastle approach will have alienated hard core fans. If he takes the job, he will only duplicate his Southampton efforts and probably end up with a divorce.
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11/01/2008 14:15:00

He's on his way isn't he. Perhaps it would be better for Pompey if he goes before the Sunderland game, and allows us to focus on it - let Adams take the reigns. When he went to sc*m all the players he'd brought in p*d of fairly soon afterwards, I spose that's what's going to happen again.
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11/01/2008 14:43:00

i have to say in my eyes portsmouth are a far better proposition for any manager. he has the respect of the fans(great fans too with realistic expectations), a chariman who clearly backs him, giving him money to spend, and a club going forward, i believe you are trying to build a new ground, whereas newcastle have the most fickle fans on the planet, people say spurs fans are delusional well NUFC fans are even worse demanding success when they have won shag all for fifty years
durks de rover
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11/01/2008 14:56:00

1.Joe Jordans comments on Sky/Setanta are encouraging thoughts that he might be staying 2.The Mail is one of the worst rags ever produced 3.Sandra aint gonna like the North East goldfish bowl 4.007, there will always be a section of Judasnistas who will never except Harry at Pompey coz he 'went down that road' & I think it appeals to the mans ego to try to shut them up
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11/01/2008 15:26:00

Boys.....my Mum of all people works as Fratton Park & just rung me saying Harry was leaving form Newcastle!!!...see recons its all done...i just hope shes a believeable source!!!!! :):)..soooooo gutted....straingly, not suprised..
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11/01/2008 16:27:00

Good Luck to Harry if he does go, there's an irony here about him and being abused at Villa. What will happen when he takes over and the geordies start getting beat week in week out?
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11/01/2008 16:36:00

Lets start talking about our wish lists. Tony Adams short term, Steve Coppell long term.
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11/01/2008 16:36:00

Very very disappointed if he goes. I could understand the England job but this is just Harry never getting over the thought that he is bigger than Portsmouth FC.
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11/01/2008 16:43:00

Tony Adams blue & white army. Just thought I'd be the first. A very sad day. He is our golden goose & god do we need to make sure we don't go the way Charlton did, once Curbs left! Think about it. HR goes (gone) all those players here because of him! 12 months later... It's getting scary.
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11/01/2008 16:58:00

is he going, is he staying? - this is winding me up - and prospective signings! pompoeys description of it as "unhelpful" is probably accurate. i have no-idea now what is going on, some sites say he is flting north to agree terms, some say pompey have rejected him, and some say he is as good as gone. im much less confident of him staying now than i was. maybe he enjoys the media attention
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11/01/2008 17:14:00

As I said before, only a future divorce is making HR wary. He has a beautiful house, more than enough money and his family around him. Why move? It's his ego - which we all have at different levels. He has famously quoted that Portsmouth would be his last club; it will be his last HAPPY club. Why will the Newcastle move end in tears? HR works well in certain situations and with special types of people. His laid back style will not suit Newcastle; he will not have the types of relationships that he has cherished in the past. He will never be fully in charge; the job will destroy him and he will buckle under the pressure. HR exists by making his own perameters and guidelines not having them thrust upon him. Let's all look forward to his being a panellist in 18 months time on Sky Sports News.
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11/01/2008 17:34:00

I hope you're listening to the football hour on the Quay. Or not, because it does nasty things to you.
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11/01/2008 18:14:00

I honestly feel that he will go, he left us once before and i reckon if it suited him that he would do it again. He asked us to get over his previous exit, but he should respect us and stay with the club. Newcastle are not a sucessful club, they may have the potential to be a big successful club, but Harry surely knows that they want this to happen now, we are prepared to turn out week in and week out, getting behind the team, hoping that each season we will get better, he should show us the loyalty that we deserve. Newcastle have had some of the biggest names in the game, and booed them all out, they do not deserve Harry
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11/01/2008 18:21:00

He's in London, having dinner with his family. Have a nice day.
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11/01/2008 18:40:00

dinner with his family...discussing a potential move up north? god, i need to stop rying to make connections beteen him and mooving...its making me worry more and more!
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11/01/2008 19:08:00

Ultimately it's up to him and his family to make the decision whether to go and we don't really know what they will we discussing .. but I weighed this up every way I can think off al day and I keep coming back to the same conclusion.. He's a prat if he goes look at the last ten years of Newcastle Managers ..LAST SIX Kenny Dalglish Jan 1997-Aug 1998 <2 yrs... Ruud Gullit Aug 1998-Aug 1999 1 yr... Sir Bobby Robson Sep 1999-Aug 2004 5 years but a legend... Graeme Souness Sep 2004-Feb 2006 18 months... Glenn Roeder Feb 2006-May 2007 15 months... Sam Allardyce May 2007-Jan 2008 8 months... It peaks for itself.. Other than Robson nobody has lasted two years... what makes Harry different... Nothing.. He's good but what makes him/them think he's any better than anybody else on the list...
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11/01/2008 19:10:00

the fans dont want him either! and if the fans dont want him, he could have a seruiosu problem pursuading him that they do. the thing is, there is no reason for him to go to newcastle - and that fact makes me worry that he might want t a new chalenge before he retires.
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11/01/2008 19:21:00

The refusal is pretty irrelevant really, you can be sure 2 weeks ago harry has already had the third party chat with the ex spurs director with whome he is a good mate. H R is an emotional guy and i have thought for some while now and pompeyrug will bear me out here that some of the teams poor performances and his decision making recently are down to the england knock back. I really hope he stays but the reality is if he wants to go, he will go, there is no point trying to keep him and we know he can turn vindictive so lets just move on and quickly.
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11/01/2008 19:36:00

somebody should probably come up with a next manager vote, i'm guessing options could be tony adams ( experienced enough?), big sam ( all that science for route one football), Martin Jol (used to a lot of cash, probs wont get defoe here) NOT John Gregory, GOD KNOW NOT Ginger tw@...
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11/01/2008 19:42:00

pompeycarpet the fans will take to his attacking football, they cant have shearer, they will take harry. The main thing is, god forbid he does go, that the club replace him with a high quality manager, i like Tony Adams but he has not been a particularly successful as a manger /assistant where he has been prior to pompey. None of this precludes him from the job at some point but i dont think that time is now.
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11/01/2008 19:55:00

as a manager, he has not been succesful, and in the past, assistant managers have prooved poor managers. who would want to come to tiny pompey and be a manager - i have a feeling we would end up with tony whatever.
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11/01/2008 20:38:00

If they do accept an official offer fro newcastle i cannot see him moving there, to old to move on and wants to get you in the champions league.
will it ever happen
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15/01/2008 09:32:00


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