No Official Approach Yet For Harry


Portsmouth’s chief executive Peter Storrie admitted there is little the club can do if their manager Harry Redknapp decides to take up the huge challenge of succeeding Sam Allardyce at St James’ Park.

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Harry Redknapp – no official approach yet from Newcastle United

Portsmouth have not received any official approach from Newcastle and will resist the attempt, if indeed Mike Ashley goes for Harry to replace Sam Allardyce at Newcastle.

Storrie said yesterday:

“Harry is the manager, Harry is the manager we see going forward. Obviously, if Harry comes to us and says, ‘I want to leave’ then it’s a different scenario.”

“But we’ve come so far as a club and we’ve got so far to go, compensation is irrelevant. I sincerely hope we never get into that situation.”

Redknapp apparently met with Storrie for more than two hours yesterday, but we don’t know what the subject of the meeting was and Redknapp has said he knows nothing about Newcastle’s interest. But it’s interesting that Harry has not immediately rejected the possibility of managing Newcastle.

The Portsmouth club will try to keep their manager, and we would expect an official approach from the club in the next day or two, and of course Harry will be in the Northeast this weekend for Portsmouth’s game at Sunderland.

The Portsmouth statement issued yesterday stated:

“We take it as a compliment that our players and personnel are often linked with some of the top football clubs in this country, and indeed abroad. It is a testimony to the quality of their work.”

“ However, we do feel it necessary to correct some inaccuracies in reports that have surfaced. The club has received no approaches for the services of our valued manager Harry Redknapp.”

“He remains as committed as ever to this football club. He recently signed a new improved four-year contract with Portsmouth.”

That’s almost par for the course when things like this happen. Harry is no doubt committed to Portsmouth. and has done a fabulous job down there. But Newcastle may be an opportunity the likable manager may find just too good to turn down.

Comments very welcome.


43 comments so far

  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Before the club do something rash there is one question they need to ask.

    Is it right to have a new manager who is currently out on bail following arrest – handle the Joey Barton situation?

    If there is any doubt in their answer, Harry cannot be offerred the position. Forget all other factors.

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  • true

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Based on an earlier post detailing the total LACK of goals Harry’s team has scored at home we SIMPLY do not want him, sorry
    For me now its one of these, in this order:-
    Marcello Lippi
    Ottmar Hitzfeld
    Luiz Felipe Scolari
    Ottmar Hitzfeld
    And at a push
    Louis Van Gaal

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  • carl

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    agree rob, would like them to really think on this one, its time for the club to stop messing around and appoint someone with a proven track record that would strike fear into other clubs

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  • Graeme

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Hopefully this is another of those “smokscreen” stories with absolutely no foundation. BSA wasnt the man for NUFC, then ‘arry certainly isnt the man to restore NUFC’s progress to the top four and a regular european place.

    Like everyone else on here, I want to see a manager with proven experience in building teams, winning domestic leagues and cups, competeing regularly in europe. If MA really has the success of the club at heart, he will know that Redknap isnt the man to do it.

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  • true

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed its time to replace BSA picture on the front banned with a big ?
    or lets put all the contenders faces in there and see who looks the best 🙂

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  • carl

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    id love for our thoughts and questions to go to sjp.maybe we should flood them with emails

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  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    stupid basterds !!! Replaced Sam Allardyce,who is 3 times better then Harry,Moyes or Hughes !!!!

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  • Davey G

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Not Harry, please!!!!
    The bloke is on bail on suspicion of Fraud, not even related to the bloody bung enquiry, which he was also caught up in……………

    I just cant see it me, i think this could be a somkescreen……………I HOPE it is just a smokescreen.

    Harry Redknapp does not float my boat to coin a well used phrase!!

    My list in order of preference:

    1. Mourinho
    2.Hiddink
    3.Lippi
    4.Ferguson/Shearer
    5. Erikksson
    6.Scolari

    I know some of these are probably untouchable, but we can all dream a little cant we???

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  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Carl: Re emails to NUFC

    Go to

    – NUFC web site
    – Club info
    – Email
    – subject “your shout”

    then have a go.

    I’m doing that right now

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  • carl

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #10

    rob- will do that now, maybe we can get alot of people to do this, it surely would get through to certain people?

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  • mark

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Lets harass them with emails lmao…classic.

    We may aswell go for Jose Mourinho in the summer and just a short term fixer this season, we wont do anything worth note this year.

    No point in sacking Allardyce and going for ‘Arry (HAS ANYONE NOTICED HIS TWITCH LMAO LMAO LMAO) Miserable Mark Sparky, or E.T. Moyes.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Harry Redknapp will not be our next manager, so I wish people would chill a bit more.

    It’s going to be someone else and I seriously doubt that it’ll be any of the so-called top managers in the EPL.

    It’ll be someone who is not only a world class coach, but someone who will really get the interests of the club in the limelight. Someone who can help the business side of things because they’re a character and play the media well, etc…

    Lippi, though he has a fantastic football pedigree, doesn’t really fit the shoes due to his percieved lack of personallity.

    You could almost say exactly the same thing about a few others, Huddink, Van Gaal, Hitzfeld.
    All great managers but not great personalities.

    Mike would surely love someone that’s both a great coach and a great personality – because of the success you could gain both on and off the pitch.

    One man fits the bill.

    If Ashley really wants to show the world that he means business and can deliver to the fans of Newcastle United, that man simply has to be Jose Mourinho.

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  • thelongshanks

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    If harry takes over,does this mean the end of jamie redknapp bad mouthing our team when he is a pundint on sky sports?

    I also think that because in mike’s short time in the prem as owner he has learnt one thing and that is foreign players need time to adapt to the premiership.He may also think the same goes for managers and he did say he wants someone with prem experience.

    With this in mind it cancels out alot of our managers we would kill to have e.g. hitzfeld, scolari.So that leaves us with alex ferguson, wenger which we wont get and mourinho,jol, and houllier to name a few.

    Whatever happens i hope the new manager knows what wingers are for,plays direct or passing(on the ground) football and realises that we can actually attack teams and not try to contain them

    Come on the toon army!

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  • Graham

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Edd Case i agree completely – though it is still a worry while all the stories about the wrinkly cockney barrow boy are circulating

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  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Just sent to the club via web site

    “Is it right to have a new manager who may still be out on bail following arrest relating to corruption charges – handle the Joey Barton situation?

    Is it right to have yet another manager who cannot fulfill PR obligations as they refuse to deal with the BBC?

    Unless the answer to both of these questions is a resounding yes, I would assume that Harry Redknapp cannot be offerred the position of Newcastle United Football club.

    I trust that the powers that be at Newcastle United football club are taking such factors into account when making their decision over the appointment of a new manager”

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  • Graham

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Carl – your the bearer of very very bad news if this is true

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  • GM

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    Rob – just sent them my thoughts. Just heard on another post that redknapp is giving news conference to sky at 12 ! trying to find out if this is true or not

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  • Davey G

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Actually, you could Add Wenger in there at number 2!! and bump the others down a bit, i would also have liked Cappello, but he has gone to work for the old farts at Lancaster Gate…

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  • carl

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #20

    just sent my email to the toon!
    hope more of you can do this!

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  • paul p

    Jan 11, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #21

    carl/rob. i am joining you with sending emails to our club, and i am stating it has to be jose mourinho , shearer, keegan or lippi we have to appoint, jose for me, he is the biggest fret to wenger, ferguson, rafa and it would certainly make a lot of people take us seriously for a change instead of been the laughing stock of the premiership.

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  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #22

    GM: Any Redknap news conference will go 1 or 2 ways (obvious really)

    1) I quit
    2) I am happy at Porstmouth and would never consider leaving.

    I hope for one hope he ends up being “Happy Harry” later..

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  • Graham

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #23

    Lads, Ive tried sending emails to the club before on a variety of different subjects and havent had one reply. So dont waste your time.

    I was very optomistic about our future on Wednesday night – now i’m more down beat about it than ever…

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  • carl

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #24

    ED- could you do a page with the contact details that rob has given on comment 9 and see if we can get people emailing the toon direct with their thoughts.?? just a thought, would be a kick start before we let our feelings known in manchester?

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  • Graham

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #25

    We’ll have a better chance by sending emails to Portsmouth telling them that he can stick our managers job up his arse!

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #26

    why would mourinho, lippi etc come to us? We are not a top team no matter what people on here believe.

    We are probably getting Harry so people might aswell just except it and back him. If the “fans” are just going to do the same thing they done with Allardyce then they might aswell stop watching and supporting Newcastle United altogether for a couple of year or so. I say this because Harry is Mike’s choice, and he aint gonna be gone as quick as Sam because of a few poor performances.

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  • GM

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #27

    Carl:

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Email/0,,10278,00.html

    Select Your Shout

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  • HonoraryGeordie

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #28

    I too have sent an email of my thoughts! ‘Arry for In-gur-land!

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  • Peter

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #29

    Officially I wouldn’t declare myself as a newcastle fan, however I would say they are my second team and follow how well they are doing and occasionally go to the odd game…

    On Jose …. He cannot manage in the premierleague, pure and simple, his contract states this when he left Chelsea, for the length of his contract he cannot manage in England.

    Also he is being lined up for one of the big champions league teams, Milan or Barcelona at the end of the season …

    As such, I don’t think such rumors are productive…

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  • Graham

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #30

    Dragoner – neither was Chelsea when Mourinho took over – they hadn’t won the league for 50 years

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #31

    Lets stop being o negative about Redknapp just because he aint “world class”, “world class” dont want us. Give the guy a chance for gods sake

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  • GM

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #32

    Graham – any idea of a mail address for p’mouth then. I’ll send them a mail……this is turning out to be a nightmare, Rob I hope you are right and he is coming on to say he’s not interested and that the speculation is wrong.

    I think I might actually say a quiet prayer !

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  • HonoraryGeordie

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #33

    To be fair, I think we all know that if we get Redknapp, then we are all going to support him because at least he will get a passing game going and will enjoy making the most of our attacking players.
    I personally think that the negativity stems from the fact that Mike made a big surprise decision to sack Sam, when most of us had accepted (for this season at least) that we had Sam and his tactics and we should just get on with it. So when he sacked him with rumour of a desire for fast free flowing attacking football, creative players, added to the past rumours of Deco, Ronaldinho et al, we put 2+2 and ended up with Lippi.
    I would take Jol out of the realistic targets, but I will back Harry when he undoubtedly gets the job.

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  • carl

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #34

    lol gm
    all on our knees
    please god ,heres a little prayer,
    the thought of harry redknapp is making me tear out my hear,please send a message to ashley from above,that this bloke is no good.
    AMEN!

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  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #35

    Dragoner: I am not negative about Harry’s football knowledge or indeed what he could achieve. I have actually always liked the way his teams have played. However….

    There are two managers who were implicated in the football bungs enquiry, and subsequently threatened to sue the BBC. The BBC called their bluff and the two guys instead went into a huff and decided never to speak to the BBC again.

    Names – Allardyce and Redknapp

    Hell we’re a football club and not the probation service helping dodgy dealers keep out of trouble. Can we not look elsewhere and avoid dodgy geezers?

    RedKnapp is currently on bail for further fraud charges over and above the original bung allegations. Surely too much of a risk – another reason for the press to have a go at us at some later date.

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  • Midjew

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #36
  • Dragoner

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #37

    Chelsea had won something like 6 trophies from the mid 90’s to 2004, they were currently owned by Ambromovich who was not a shy spender when it comes to transfers, and Chelsea were top 6 team for ages.

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  • Midjew

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #39

    ATTENTION:

    At Midday there is going to be a Press Conference with Harry Redknapp on Skysports News TV!

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  • toon sooth

    Jan 11, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #40

    As life long supporters We should all let the club appoint who they feel is the right man, If this man is ‘Arry’ then so be it. As long as I have been alive we have never won anything, this has not stopped or quelled my love or passion for the toon. and on that note we should all wait [however painful it is] and get behind the lads and ignore all the tabloid rubbish.
    Howay the lads

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