Sam Allardyce has been singing the praises of Harry Redknapp, one of the real characters of English Football. A good player in his time at West Ham, Harry has been very successful in managing West Ham and then Portsmouth for two spells.
Now in his second spell at Pompey, he has them up there challenging for a European place this season. There are definite similarities between Big Sam and Harry as managers.
Both have good scouting networks to spot unknown players, and they are not hesitant to bring them into the Premiership, given that local players seem so expensive these days.
Harry Redknapp in deep thought – a good player in his time but now an even better manager
Allardyce talked about Harry today:
“When you have lasted as long as Harry has and started when he started and you are getting to your 60th birthday having just signed a three-and-a half-year deal that says it all.â€
“He is, as a manager, one of the best in this country and has not been given the credit for it for one reason or another.â€
“He has been a terrific manager over the years and is now taking a Portsmouth side for the second time and not only dragged them from the depths of relegation from the Championship and into the Premier League, he has taken them from the depths of relegation from the Premier League and into a top eight – or maybe even a top-six – side this year.â€
“It just shows that the man is extremely clever in how he goes about his job as a manager.”
Allardyce has built his own reputation for being able to spot a player, having literally scoured the world for bargain recruits, during his time at Bolton. That is something of course he will continue to do in his new post on Tyneside, having already strengthened his scouting network worldwide, while at Newcastle. Sam is also well aware of Redknapp’s ability to do the same.
“He has spent a lot of money for a club like Portsmouth, but very wisely because of his international contacts.â€“That is where I have come from over the last six or seven years, by building up the contacts internationally so the fear of buying a foreign player is perhaps less than other managers in the Premier League.â€
“That’s where Harry has masterminded most of his managerial success, and he is, at the moment, doing very well that way.â€
“Then, of course, he picks up very experienced players who have played in the Premier League for a long time – Hermann Hreidarsson, Sol Campbell and David James are typical of that.â€
“He has a fantastic backbone now and some very high energy, very skilful players who he has brought in from abroad.”
Harry and Big Sam are quite alike as managers, very good guys and extremely good with their players, who definitely have great respect for them. They also havenâ€™t had the credit they deserve as managers â€“ but that may be changing for both of them. Harry has Portsmouth challenging now at the top and we donâ€˜t think it will be too long before Sam will be doing that with the Magpies.
They both now have Billionaire owners backing them with cash â€“ so there’s no reason why the two of them can’t have their teams challenging for top 4 positions. The other thing they have in common is they both continue to spend their owners’ money very wisely â€“ unlike some other managers in the Premiership.
We are looking forward to a good and competitive game tomorrow – certainly the two managers on display are the salt of the earth.
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