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 â€“ 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.
“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.
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