Mandaric Thinks Harry Will Accept Challenge

Milan Mandaric, who was Portsmoth Football Chairman from 1998 until 2006 anticipates the lure of large transfer funds to spend at St James’ Park will outweigh concerns Harry Redknapp might have about leaving the comfort of Portsmouth to succeed Sam Allardyce as the next Newcastle manager.


Milan Mandaric and Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth

There has still been no official confirmation from Newcastle United or Redknapp for that matter, that the offer of a job has been officially made.

Mandaric – now owner of Leicester City and the former Portsmouth chairman, who put Portsmouth back on the football map, seems to have little doubt his former manager and still friend, will take up the challenge at the Tyneside club.

Mandaric told BBC Radio 5 Live:

“Unfortunately I do think he will go,” “I think Harry is at a crossroads.”

“He has the opportunity, if he wants to get it out of his system to go to a bigger club with lots of money.”

Mandaric himself will be disappointed in a way if Redknapp does decide to end a successful era with Portsmouth Football club, where he’s transformed them into challenging for a European place.

And of course there will be no guarantees of success for Harry at Newcastle United. Sam Allardyce, who has a good track record of success, and is a very good football man, much like Harry, lasted only eight months as manager at Newcastle. That’s when patience ran out at the top.

But to be fair to Chris Mort and Mike Ashley Big Sam was never their choice, having been appointed by former chairman Freddy Shepherd.

Mandaric continued:

“It would break my heart if he leaves my old club Portsmouth – it’s a great club,”

“It will not be a picnic there either – so Harry had better be prepared for it.”

It’s looking like it’s a done deal, and that Harry will be unveiled at Newcastle as the new manager on Monday. And Harry may even be at Old Trafford tomorrow, to watch the Newcastle game against Manchester United.

We think the full offer from Newcastle was just too good for Harry to turn down.

Comments very welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Ross

    Jan 12, 2008 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #1

    large transfer funds?

    im sure its got nothing to do with the supposid ridiculous wage of 5 million a year he’ll be on Ed, with the use of a private jet as not to disturb his pets. 😉 hah.
    im not gonna lie, he isnt the man i want. but if it turns out to be him, i’ll back him regardless.

  • Toon Al

    Jan 12, 2008 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #2

    NO NO NO!

    ive not spent my friday night watchin odds for it to be harry

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #3

    ed your doint it again!!

    il be watching the match-

  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Please, I am praying it’s not Hurry Redknob.
    Stick with Pearson until the summer then get JOSAYYY, JOSE, JOSE, JOSAYYY.

  • Hadrian

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #5

    to good for harry to turn down?
    its to good for any manager to turn down , make’s him as well payed as cappelo ,
    its nonsense imo .

  • Ausgeordie

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:51 AM

    Comment #6

    What large transfer kitty? 20 million does not seem that much anymore considering some of the purchases that have already been made by teams we consider ourself bigger than. We need a few $10 million players to lift the quality of the squad. The other players will lift their game.

  • Steeley

    Jan 12, 2008 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #7

    argh Ed, Im so blotto that I dareasnt make a point….its bad!! we were genuineley playing against player asap!!

  • Tripp

    Jan 12, 2008 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #8

    on the piss there Steeley? 😀

  • ginkoh

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #9

    he just come because only high salary not Challenge to success at Newcastle, that’s all. And it break my heart too if Harry come to Newcastle.

  • jeremy9

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #10

    well at this point, all i got to say is get behind the manager, be glad you’ll see more attractive football with more flair players and always laugh at the phrase, “no wonder he’s in the f ing reserves”

  • Tripp

    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:16 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m just ready for this to be over. Why do I have the feeling that we’ll have to wait until monday? Our imminent victory over the Mancs will help ease the pain.

    Howay the lads!

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Jan 12, 2008 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #12

    have to support him if appointed. DO we have any other choice???

    Hope he sticks longer than fat sam, and brings some success, and makes fewer visits to the courtroom and jails as compared to Barton.


    Jan 12, 2008 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #13

    So the bottom line is still money. Money is the root to all evill…

  • Guinea Mag

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Redknapp is not an improvement on BSA.

    Let’s hope Ashley and Mort bring in a top quality manager to take us up the PL and eventually break the Top-4…..

  • witnit

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #15


  • geordie_jordan

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #16

    jesus christ. it’s gonna be ‘arry. so lets get behind him and show him what nufc fans are all about. no more pissin and moaning. no more mourinho or van gaal or lippi. when harry is appointed if all of us are not behind him wor going to fail again.

  • malaysian youngster

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Shearer in Magpies frame.. omg am i dreaming this is way much better compare to harry.,19528,11678_3040218,00.html

  • witnit

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Sorry Jordan but I cannot get excited about the appointment of ‘Arry friggin Redknapp!

    ‘Arry’s won nothing, Portsmouth haven’t scored at home for about 6/7 games and he’s no better than Souness or Allardyce and only a little bit better than Reoder. Redknapp’s appointment demonstrates complete lack of amibition as a club! I see this appointment (if it happens) as an extension of the dross I’ve just mentioned and it’s extremely frustrating we continue along this path of mediocre managers.

    I genuinely believe we need someone with pedigree, someone who plays good football and someone who has WON trophies if we’re serious about being competitive!

    Is that too much to ask for when we have a billionaire chairman?

  • phoonCK

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #19

    i dont know if anyone knew this, or has it been talked about before.. sorry if i’m wrong or repeating, but i thought Harry Redknapp just signed a new 4 year contract in Oct 2007?

    Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has signed a new four-year contract at Fratton Park.

    Redknapp said: “Since returning to Fratton Park I have had nothing but the utmost support from the owner Sacha Gaydamak and chief executive Peter Storrie.

    “The club is moving in the right direction. It’s a great place to be and I can only see that getting better.”

    Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie added: “Obviously it’s a great coup for us to have one of the best managers in the business pledging his long-term future to the club.

    “Harry has done a great job, first rescuing the club from the jaws of relegation and then building a team now strong enough to challenge for a European place.”

  • witnit

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #20

    And only 8 months ago Big Sam signed a lengthy contract with the Toon and looked what happened there!!

    So we pay Big Sam off (6m apparently), pay Portsmouth compensation to cover his existing contract with Pompey (who knows how much), we pay ‘Arry 4/5m a year then sack him and pay up his contract!

    Sounds like the Newcastle we all know and love!

  • geordiejayne13

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #21

    Good comments from the Journal today including

    “Newcastle have been silent about their intentions”

    “Indeed, the only news about the Magpies’ search for a new boss came out in other parts of the country”

    The deal is not done let’s wait and see

  • tommyy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #22

    GRR, its gna be Redknapp, how depressing 🙁 …

  • Nick Dryden

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #23

    Why is this Kemsley character calling all the shots and influencing the board. Kemsley is a Spurs man. Of cours he’d like us to have a non entity like Harry and buy all Spurs’ unwanted players by the sound of it.

  • toonoholic

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #24

    why are my comments never posted ?

  • toonoholic

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #25

    geez they are after 2 weeks !

    how do i sign up for the NO ARRY Campaign ?

  • chappa

    Jan 12, 2008 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #26

    why redknapp tho????
    what has he achieved??
    i say martin jol! plays nice football

  • Graeme

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #27

    There is nothing in any report I have seen with any substance whatsoever. This morning its “sources close to shearer say he will do it if asked”

    Well guys, “sources close to me say I will do it if asked” I think it was my son, who wants all the autographs, but I’m not sure lol

    I would do it for £400k and use the rest to hire Mourinho as my number 2. He can manage the team and I’ll open the mail – seems fair to me!!!!!

  • Leo*

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #28

    redknapp rejects toon….


  • Leo*

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #29

    well according to sky sports news

  • Harry G. Redknapp

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Yeah looks like a done deal, eh?

    So much so that he’s rejected the offer and staying at Pompey…

    Smart man. He sees the job for what it is… a poisoned chalice.


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