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Its 100% official Redknapp's staying

Its 100% official Redknapp's staying

The Pompey Site has confirmed what media reports have been saying - Harry Redknapp is staying with Pompey, so in true Homer Simpson style - woo hoo!

Everything about his family life seemed to point to only one thing that he would stay, but so much silence always made me think - in fairness a lot of us think - that he would go, I was worried I made no secret of this and maybe my worry made me fear for the worst?

I kept trying to convince myself that I would not have been 'gutted' but merely 'disappointed' had he left, but it became obvious to me on Friday night when I was moping around work that I was 'devastated' at the thought he could leave again... thankfully, he has decided to stay with us and continue the work he has started.

A lot of people have never been able to 'forgive' his brief sabbatical down the road, my thinking always was that although clearly it was not a club he should have gone to but at the end of the day he was out of work, they needed a manager so he took a job that was 'convenient' to him, it also stuck two big fingers up at Milan Mandaric at that time... now after this rejection of Newcastle surely those that could not or would not forgive him must now? They must stop cutting off their nose to spite their faces!

Had he left his legacy with Pompey would have been tarnish, possibly beyond repair this time but this legacy can never die now and his 'legendary' status at Portsmouth Football Club will never die and the likelihood of him being cemented as 'our greatest ever manager' is there for the taking, should he carry on taking us forward as he has then this will be assured without doubt.

Now Sacha Gaydamak looks like he will give him some money to push on the good work that we have done so far this season and if nothing else other than a reward for this loyalty we deserve a place in Europe, he must see this being a possibility now or he might not have stayed - our future must be very bright to him, as Newcastle is a job few would reject.

We all might have said a few thing on Vital Pompey in the heat of the moment, but very, very few comments were overly unfair to be honest, some were borne out of frustration at not being kept in the loop and knowing what was going on but I do not think that anyone could, or will hold things against people and will not be judging people - I know I will not.

Football is a passionate game, we all love Portsmouth Football Club and want what is best, when it looks like something or someone might 'betray us' sometimes emotions run high - I think we were firm, yet fair throughout this ordeal, which is thankfully now over.

Fellas we are in for one hell of a second half to the season, prepare for some signings pretty soon I feel - and quite possibly a big money signing or dare I even say signings? We thought that we did not have any money, and although we should not be expecting a fortune to be spent I think it is conceivable that the club record transfer fee could quite possibly be broken again...

Lets go to Sunderland tomorrow, and pick up 3 points now, this would be a fantastic starting point.


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Date:Saturday January 12 2008
Time: 11:17AM


Just watched all the intervews on Sky and listened to Talk Sport - Say what you like fellas Sacha & Storrie are as committed to this club as anybody... and although it appears to be HArry decision 100% .... they have given all the reassurances he may have needed - We are on the up fellas.. More than ever now !
12/01/2008 11:25:00
Did anybody hear the interview with Milan.. He was over the moon that H is staying but I got the impression (reading between the lines) that he'd love to come back here.. He kept mentioning how good it was, how passionate the fans are and he even called us the best fans in the world,... I hope the Leicester fans aren't too upset !!... but then again we are ...
12/01/2008 11:27:00
he told sky sports news that it was becuase orsmouth is where his heart is. i think that he really would have struggled to leave us, he truly does epitimise pompey - loyalty, passion, and...well, a nice house!
12/01/2008 11:29:00
Hallelujah, my weekend can on as normal now. Sorry for doubting you Harry.
12/01/2008 11:41:00
Phew . . . thats a relief! But I do think he would have been a numpty to have gone, he would have mentored Shearer as assistant for 6 months before being sacked and the god of the Toon taking over. I think this decision is because it suits Arry more than because it suits Pompey. If Liverpool sack Benitez and beckon, he'll go. But I am delighted he's staying - lets put this behind us now and get on with hammering Sunderland!
12/01/2008 11:44:00
chix - i cought the end ofthe interview - and the interview with harry. manderic and redknapp made us what we are today...well, more harry, and manderic then sascha...but between the threee of them, tey have transformed a failing club into a succsesful one. if you look at improvement over the last few years, and if you look at ambition, no-one can beat us. to climb from bottom of the championship to top (nearly!) of the premiership - and keep on going up is a truly remarkable feat for such a short amount of time. pomepy on the up! play up pompey!
12/01/2008 11:45:00
we truly are HARRY REDKNAPPS blue and white army...
12/01/2008 11:46:00
There is such a thing as loyalty in football after all. Perhaps the Toon can learn from this and appoint a manager and stick with him!!
12/01/2008 11:48:00
Sorry i doubted you too, but i just feared that the house was about to collapse again, hopefuuly the chairman will deliver all the Harry requires to take us to the highest level. He has proved that he has morales and a love of the club, i hope the reception for the team reflects our love for all things Pompey, i bet the Maccams will enjoy taking the micheal as well. Thanks Harry you have restored my faith in the game, thank you Mr Storrie and thanks to the chairman, now lets hope the players reflect the good news tomorrow with another massive performance
12/01/2008 11:49:00
the greatest manager around. do you think the sunderland fans will join in with "harry redknapps blue and white army" or "we love you harry, we do...etc." - given there...relationship with newcastle? would be great if they did!
12/01/2008 11:56:00
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