Portsmouthâ€™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 Jamesâ€™ Park.
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:
â€œHarry is the manager, Harry is the manager we see going forward. Obviously, if Harry comes to us and says, â€˜I want to leaveâ€™ then itâ€™s a different scenario.â€
â€œBut weâ€™ve come so far as a club and weâ€™ve got so far to go, compensation is irrelevant. I sincerely hope we never get into that situation.â€
Redknapp apparently met with Storrie for more than two hours yesterday, but we donâ€™t know what the subject of the meeting was and Redknapp has said he knows nothing about Newcastleâ€™s interest. But itâ€™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 Portsmouthâ€™s game at Sunderland.
The Portsmouth statement issued yesterday stated:
â€œWe 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.â€
â€œ 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.â€
â€œHe remains as committed as ever to this football club. He recently signed a new improved four-year contract with Portsmouth.â€
Thatâ€™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.
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