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Redknapp - why I could not go

Harry Redknapp took some time to think over the Newcastle job offer before deciding that he could not leave Pompey 'as it is where his heart is', among many other things.

As he told sky sports news in a fantastic interview it was the club, the fans, the players and of course his family that had convinced him to stay with us: 'I'm happy here. I enjoy it here. The fans, I have got a great relationship with them. I had to win them back over again after leaving before, I did that.

'I enjoy it. This is where I enjoy being. This is my club. It would be too big a wrench for me to leave here.

'It was my decision. This is where I really want to be. When I brought a lot of good players in the summer we sold them the club.

'They could have joined bigger clubs but they came here. To walk away when we are half way through it would have sent the wrong signal.

'I looked at it but my heart is here.

'The club, Portsmouth, is my club. I think to walk away when the supporters are enjoying the football and having a great season, the club is in great shape, things are going well so to walk away and kick it into touch wouldn't be right.

'I would find it difficult to sleep at night having done that. The club has been great to me and I want to repay that'.

And who says there is no loyalty in football anymore eh!

We have not been able to hide our delight at his decision to stay, I was like the cat that got the cream yesterday - but who then got the beers - but having just this minute having had the chance for the first time I have now seen the whole interview on sky sports, so I am even more delighted - if you have not seen or heard the 8 minute plus interview in its entirety click here

I have said it before, but I will say it again if anyone still has any doubts about Redknapp and still doubts his commitment or loyalty to Pompey then I am sorry but you are wrong, play through the interview in full and you would have to change your opinion surely. Cutting off your nose to spite your face can only happen for so long...

There is a fantastic moment within it where he has a joke about the players that are not in the side and how they are probably disappointed that he has not gone - brilliant.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 13 2008

Time: 10:55AM

Your Comments

reknapp...genius. legend. pompey!
pompeycarpet
you said it carpet - like i said before i tried to convince myself that i would only have felt 'let down' had he gone, but i was kidding myself i was dreading the thought that he would leave, i was devastated! what a fantastic interview fellas, if like me you have not been able to see it in full - until now - please check it out... if you still question 'arry certainly check it out!
pompeyrug
Any questions over his loyalty now?
paultsmouth
exactly mate - come on fellas, those of you reading this that have 'basically' turned yuor back on pompey becuause of events in the past must stop doing this now...
pompeyrug
I saw it yesterday when it was first aired and I agree totally fellas - It's really refreshing to see some lyality I just hope the players and the fans can start to do the same to him.. But I'm sure (again as Rug said) that any doubts are gone forever.. ... But I still think he should drop Kanu, put Matty taylor back in the side and play 442 at home.... back to our old chestnuts eh !....
Chix
Actually if there are 'supposed Pompey fans' out there that still hold a grudge against HR for going to scum, we don't need you or want you. He left us, was a free agent & went to scum to spite Milan. It backfired all round. The benefits are he took scum down & came back. This is best period of our supporting lives & we wouldn't ahve it without HR. Bigg r clubs than us have spent far, far more money than us & suffered. Life without HR wouldn't be too great if he had left. Thank you HR for putting your faith in us as we have donme in you. To the so called pompey supporters who seem to hate the scummers more than they love pompey, go find another brain cell, your other one is lonely.
storagematt
Fantastic!
pompey4me
Nice one Storage.. Harry is a legend and if there is anybody left who doubts his loyality then they need to have a good hard look at where we are now,, We are where we are thanks in (a big) part to him.. your post did make me think though .... as I really do hate the scummers.... but not more than I love Pompey ;)
Chix
Would have been a big mistake if he did go to toon, probably the worst job in football a the moment!!
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