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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.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 12 2008

Time: 11:17AM

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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 !
Chix
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 ...
Chix
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!
pompeycarpet
Hallelujah, my weekend can on as normal now. Sorry for doubting you Harry.
stillthewhizz
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!
tracyc
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!
pompeycarpet
we truly are HARRY REDKNAPPS blue and white army...
pompeycarpet
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!!
eastneydave
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
Owenspompey
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!
pompeycarpet
I think Sunderland only want 3 points Carpet but hopefully we will pull the RUG from under them. Although a loss away could transform into a win at home, such is football...
pompeygray
I had to laugh in the interview when he made reference to the players who are not innthe team at the minute probably being upset that he's saying.. made me smile.. Anyway, now all this is out of the way can we go back to talking about Matty Taylor ?? I'M ONLY JOKING !!
Chix
anybody seen sky
russellm
oh, all of you, well for now at least we can concentrate on this season
russellm
it makes you wonder if he didn't go to Storrie and say SHOW ME THE TRANSFER MONEY, we shall now see if he has his drive to win back, lets hope so
russellm
russellm - Harry may have asked storrie to show that he was commited to harry - but i think harrys love ofthe ckub was what made him stay. not money. oh, and chix - i loved the bit clearly directed at matty taylor...suggests they really dont get on though, or maybe they do get on, well enough to joke about the situation anyway...
pompeycarpet
You cant blame Harry for hearing them out. Its likely to be the biggest offer he would get after the england call, and lik how he was treated by the FA on that. We all need a pat on the back sometime, and going the full hog with this offer probably made Harry feel wanted so good on him. Great he is staying and when Peter Storrie said 45 calls were made behind Peter, Sacha and Harry yesterday it underlines all 3's commitment. This decision also cements where we are now, if you were honest who would have thought we would get picked over newcastle a few years back. PUP
Midge
WOOHOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! good choice twitchy!!!!
CharlieChimes
not only that midge - but we are an honest club too. if one of the best managers in the country wants to stick with us, and hold hi contract, over a big move, WOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! (sorry, i think your comment summed it up very well charlie)
pompeycarpet
WOOO HOOO! C'MON POMPEY! nuff said
NorthStandDan
http://www.skysports.com/video/0,20285,12606_3041500,00.html Watch this if you haven't already. Fantastic things coming out from the camp.
stillthewhizz
cheers 4 that link stillthewhizz! was so nice to hear that! Now lets woop Sunderland!!!!
CharlieChimes
brilliant news. How many of us would have been tempted at an extra 3 million odd a year!! I have been hearing the views of fans up and down the country who are applauding his decision . Take a bribe my arse!
pompeyfrance
The best news ever. So, so happy now. My wife & daughter are pleased too.
storagematt
nice one harry i knew u would stay now lets concentrate on signing some qaulity players fred and d'allessandro would do the job
ronnie redknapp
I hope the boys are focused now and give Harry the performance he deserves to keep us chasing the European pack. Full marks to anyone going up for the game tomorrow, the 1 o'clock kick off is ridiculous.
stillthewhizz
news on the Fred situation, aparantly, lyon have only accepted TWO bids now (sky sports) and one of them is from PSG. equally, spurs have had a lot more coverage with there higher bid than anyone else. where have we gone to???
pompeycarpet
Barcodes stuffed 6-0 by the Mancs, luv it.
storagematt
Having just watch Newcastle's second half capitulation to Manure HR definitely made the right decision in staying put.
eastneydave
...was wondering what that score was...they seriosuly need help! (thank **** its not coming from us)
pompeycarpet
Harry Redknapp - you've done football proud, well done mate!
merlin
he's not a touch on O'Neil! he's ginger! Annnnnnnnnd let's get to the real reson he has stayed!He lives on th e bloody sand banks n loves his house! That is why he stayed!
villavillavilla
Will Rug ever be able to tell the full story why RH stayed? I doubt it.
007
villavillavilla - he could have had a private jet to take him from his house to work - if you beleive the press. o'neil is good, sure - but i would rather have harry at the moment. he stayed becuase he loves the club - soplease be more considerate! maybe if MON really was the better maanger, he would e linked with a massive new job, that pays 5x his current wages, with the possibility of having the use of a private jet.
pompeycarpet
Well i said in another article earlier yesyerday on this site it was all a rouse. in truth i was worried but my Wife kept saying "Harry wont Go" strangely her harry predictions are usualy -always- uncannily correct.
plymouth graham
Harry great decision, that club needs a major overhaul and the fans will want it next week, i think you must have watched that Harry and thought wise move, they are rubbish and deserve everything they get.
Owenspompey
pompeycarpet, no doubt about it HR and MT do not get on, but i don't think love for the club was the decider, i am sure it was a factor but i believe the fact that Sandra didn't want to go was a bigger factor. HR even eludes to that himself during the interview saying "it wouldn't have been a problem to move up north, well not for me anyway". I am pleased he stayed cos the timing was awfull, but i am not so naive to think we would all have been so bothered if it was the end of the season and we hadn't made a UEFA cup spot. I think peoples reaction would have been a bit different then, but here's to hoping we never find out
russellm
great news and hopefully we can bring our focus back on getting some reinforcements and fighting for that Uefa cup spot
whitestones
...a prooven goalscorer would be nice, i hear lyon have one going...
pompeycarpet
Early Sunday morning and I'm still smiling about this... All we need to round th weekend off is three points up at the Stadum of Blight... If the players don't respond today then they need shooting.. Play Up Pompey
Chix
3 pts, and we will be 2pts away from a champions league spot (well, assuming we win 10-0 anyway...and liverpool loose there game in hand...)
pompeycarpet
007, ive tried my best to tell the whole story why 'arry didnt go in an article that i have just added... graham, sue phoned me yesterday and she said that she had told my brother that she didnt think he would go, she said she kept telling him that - i wish she had kept telling me that :-)
pompeyrug
woo hoo
blueape
Fantastic news for you pompey fans, would have been a bad mistake if he did go.
will it ever happen
 

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