Date:Saturday January 12 2008
Another day, but yet still plenty of mixed messages throughout the media world, some say Harry Redknapp is off - well in fact most do, others say it is a done deal and are already talking about players that he will sign, with Sol Campbell said to be one he wants to take with him...
These mixed messages are also coming from within Pompey as Peter Storrie is being quoted on sky sports as saying Pompey would let Redknapp go if he 'really, really' wanted to: 'Harry is our manager. In my opinion he's the best in the country. Harry is the way we see things going forward here.
'If Harry comes to us and says he really, really wants to leave Portsmouth Football Club then that is a different scenario'.
Yet this is where we get the mixed signals, as well as saying that links to other jobs 'angers him' he also claims that 'no official approach has been received from Newcastle', nor had it ever come from Spurs or England - 2 other jobs that he has previously been linked to: 'It's the sort of thing which, quite frankly, gets you a little bit angry.
'It is obvious Harry is going to be linked with other jobs. Several months ago he was linked with Tottenham.
'Then he was linked to England - and now he is linked to this (Newcastle) job. That is three big posts.
'It just shows you what a fantastic guy we've got in Harry. But we have had no approaches whatsoever, and I'm not so sure we ever will.
'It's basically silly season. The approach would have to be directly to me or to the owner.
'Our priority at the moment is to try to bring players in, and we will continue to work on that. But if Harry ever wants to leave Portsmouth Football Club I am absolutely certain he would come directly to me'.
If no official approach has been made to Storrie or Sacha Gaydamak then this is where this situation becomes even more ridiculous and is now bordering on farcical!
I am pretty p****d off with the whole scenario now and I just want a statement with some clarity about it to be made, this cannot keep dragging on without us knowing what is really happening, it is not fair. Players and managers come and go but we always remain so show us the respect we deserve.
If Redknapp wants to leave then despite Tim Sherwood coming out and saying that 'he owes Pompey nothing' I think he owes us - the fans - more than a little respect and should tell us - even if only via 'a statement on the official site' what the score is. If he is staying lets stop getting these cryptic messages and stop beating about the bush.
The longer this drags on the less time we have for the players to firstly focus on the Sunderland game tomorrow, a game we must win and secondly for us to sign the players that we need to this month as this takes time. Replacing Redknapp - if needed - will also take time, and time is running out in this transfer window.
12 noon today was meant to be the cut off point for a decision to be made, lets hope it will be... although I will not be holding my breath.
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Date:Saturday January 12 2008
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