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More mixed messages...

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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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 12 2008

Time: 9:57AM

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I'd like to think that when the press and others expressed their outrage at Sam Allardyce's 'sacking' and the supposed lack of loyalty towards Premiership managers that they will now voice their outrage towards Newcastle for effectively stealing our manager. That and a good verbal swing at Harry for showing his real colours (black and white of Newcastle mixed with the colour of money). Like your favourite bird ******** around behind your back and then doing it again with your best mate in a shop window.
The Rabbi
Harry left us before for an underachieving club with fickle fans and an eccentric chairman and bitterly regretted it. Hopefully it will be a case of once bitten twice shy and he will stay with Pompey. I agree though that it is high time we knew, one way or the other.
Pompey Half Pint
setanta sports claim he is staying!
pompeyrug
So does the BBC!!!
Pompey Half Pint
Pompey are dammed if they do say something and dammed if they don't. as for the media we are going to get mixed messages as they will reuse old statements just for a storey - If today I'm skint and say so, but win the lottery tonight. the Monday morning papers will claim that despite winning the lottery I'm skint.. Igore the lot of it until you either see a picture of Harry holding a Newcastle shirt or a statement on Newcastle or Pompey offical site saying he has been offered the posst and is or is not going... all the rest is *********...
Chix
Now I WOULD LIKE HARRY TO STAY. but repeating my self yet again, just like when harry came back from scum the ground work was done weeks before the event. Has anyone thought that this very bad timing apart may not be such a bad thing in the long term. Rug and I have had discussion about our frustration with the man recently and many of you out there have posted similar. I know sometimes i have thought "i'm not sure harry knows how to take us forward without spending another 40m the club have not got" or the odd "harry never accepts responsibility for his tactical and other decision making mistakes" or "sometimes he is just too loyal to some players like Kanu". These are all postings that you people and i have made so whilst you all and i feel down and i have made Leonie's life even more miserable. If we think back over the events of the last couple of months in an honest and realistic manner then this change is not such a big surprise or as long as the club act quickly nor is it a massive disaster
russellm
Great news that there is someone in football with principles. Good on yer Harry ! Best of luck for the rest of the season. (apart from when you meet us)...
alphieblues
Redknapp rejects Newcastle offer Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has turned down an offer to succeed Sam Allardyce as Newcastle manager. Redknapp was Newcastle's number one choice but he has vowed to stay at Fratton Park BBC More to follow.
pompeygray
Thank Gord for that
Et_tu_Pompeii
The 60-year-old had been the favourite to take over from Sam Allardyce and held talks with the Tyneside club on Friday night. However, after considering the move overnight, Redknapp arrived at Pompey's Eastleigh training ground on Saturday morning - the team are due to depart for the North-East to play Sunderland on Sunday - and revealed he was staying with the club.
Et_tu_Pompeii
yeeeeeeeeeeeeee-haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
paultsmouth
All we need now is 'right said fred'
Et_tu_Pompeii
All channels and apparently PFC confirm HR is staying to finish the job. He said the reason was he is building something and does not want to let his players down. Hooray!!
eastneydave
his players...what about us fans? ;-) best bit of news all day - a man with principles, i only wish he had said it earlier...
pompeycarpet
Dont think he will go, just because nobody wants the newcastle job, has to be the worst job going at the moment.
will it ever happen
 

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