Portsmouth Fans Love Harry Even More Now


Whatever Football fans in Portsmouth thought about their manager Harry Redknapp, they are going to love him even more now.

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Harry Redknapp – I couldn’t walk away from my players

Harry, after agonizing over a massive offer from Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, decided to stay at the club he has reinvigorated over the last few years, and finally reject the Tyneside club’s offer. If you believe the reports being touted about the press, Newcastle offered Harry £20M over a four year contract period.

That seems a five-fold increase on what he’s currently getting at Portsmouth. So it takes a real man, rooted in real values, to turn down that kind of offer, for the quality of life he will keep in Portsmouth.

Harry told the press this morning:

“I have brought players to this club on the promise of what we can achieve and I just couldn’t walk away now.”

Those of us who wanted Harry at the Newcastle club are a little disappointed at his decision, but even more impressed with the man. It was a brave decision that will further attach the Portsmouth club and supporters to Harry Redknapp.

Good for you Harry – best of luck at Portsmouth – and maybe today’s football isn’t all about money after all. 😀

Well it isn’t for real football men like Harry Redknapp, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.


48 comments so far

  • George

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Bless there cotton socks. Let them love Harry more.
    Lets get on with todays problem, Manchester United at Old Trafford.
    I have a sneaking feeling that we may win this one. (They also said man would not step on the moon)

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  • geordiejayne13

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #2

    NUFC release a statement saying they did speak to Harry and he turned the job down this morning

    GRRRRRRr thought they had bigger men in the pipeline

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #3

    who cares??? move on, next!

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  • iain

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #4

    never thought he was the right man.

    but he is a better manager than allardyce thats for sure and we all would of enjoyed his football more.

    questions have to be asked of mort/ashley as to why we went after a guy who turned down the spurs job. if he wouldnt go back to london why would he ever of come to newcastle.

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    geordiejayne13, no they didn’t. stop speaking shite.

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  • AdamCF

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Portsmouth fans aren’t the only happy ones..

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  • geordiejayne13

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #7

    its just been read out on setanta sports toonking

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8

    well it’s not on the official site………yet anyways.

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  • Tommy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t mind ‘arry, but it would’ve been a bit of a sideways move imo..

    I think I would die of heart failure if we managed to get Jose though…

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  • Graeme

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #10

    All I can say is that if ‘Arry “on bail for fraud” Redcrapp is the pinacle of Mike Ashley’s ambition for the club, we are in for a rough ride.

    Thats not ambition, its stagnation. It shows no interest in achieving anything.

    To Mike Ashley; if this is the best you can do for our club, PLEASE, sell up and get the hell out of here. Huge disapointment.

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  • geordiejayne13

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #11

    so next time find out before you say people are talking shite. I did not think they had spoken to him until they read the statement out

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  • tommyy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Its gna be Pearson, we are gna play well against Man u. Then on sunday morning he will be announced as Manager, until a more suitable candidate is available

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  • IN THE KNOW !!!!!!

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #13

    never believed it !!! good PR stunt for Arry.The only managers to understand what Newcastle need were Keegan and Bobby people with roots from Tyneside,there is only one man for the job Shearer will be the new manager

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t believe any of this shite until it’s posted on the official site.

    But if that happens i will be HUGELY disappointed in Mike. I really though he can make things happen.
    Now we will be stuck with a second Souness and the fans will be even more angrier.

    fook it.

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  • coolsmurf

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #15

    we are left with egg on our face again, wat a joke!

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  • Hammy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #16

    I wish Sky would pick some better examples of Newcastle fans when they are doing interviews…Heaven forbid what our posh southern fans think..

    Ya kna wat a mean like!!!!!

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  • bennit3b

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #17

    keep the ugle used car salesman!

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  • AdamCF

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #18

    What about a Shears, Bobby and KK love triangle?

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  • geordiejayne13

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #19

    To tell the truth I am a bit Pished off at the moment. I was arguing in Mikes favour saying he was way better than Fat Fred as he would have a plan and not been anywhere like the old regime, but looks like I am wrong

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  • Steeley

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Dont know if Edd Case is looking on here, but if he is, sorry mate….looks like your certainty that the club wouldnt go for HR was wrong….it’s down to him that he’s not our manager now as the club obviously had him as first choice.

    I’m happy it’s not him, but worried that if the nationality of the manager (british) is the overwhelming factor to the owner, then I’m worried about what’s left to be honest! If it must be a British man, then – although they’re not my first choice – it MUST either be Keegan or Shearer…..anyon else would be a sideways step from Allardyce! And nobody wants that.

    Oh, and Ed, “Those of us who wanted Harry at the Newcastle club”….did you REALLY want him to be boss…..surely not?? If so, do you not have any expectations of the club???

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #21

    ToonKing the reason you aint seeing nothing on the official site is because the board have tried to keep this humiliation under wraps, but to their disappointment the whole thing has gone public. Redknapp has been seen and heard in interviews confirming this. Mort and Ashley are in hiding due to the sheer embarrassment of the situation.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Igor knew he wasn’t wanted, that’s why he didn’t come (nowt to do with loyalty), YEY!..Ha, now portsmouth are stuck with him ’til he gets sent to jail!..NOT SHEARER THANX!..at least not for about 5 years, after coaching Darlo or someone!..Aim higher!..
    …Howay the Lads!..

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  • nightfall

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #23

    i bet we already signed mourinho… harry rejected newcastle? you really think he was offered a contract? ashely’s no idiot…he made BILLIONS…he’s a winner and the same goes for mourinho…ashley has a chance to create history with newcastle (one of the biggest clubs who can’t exploit it’s potential)…the same goes for mourinho!!! who would buy such club if he hadn’t had BIG plan with it??? …to be one of the best in the world…

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  • Murvar

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #24

    I wouldn’t have chosen Harry but I do think he’s got more passion for Keegan and Robson’s style of football – pace, skill, and width – than Dalgleish, Allardyce, and Souness ever had. I’m just worried that we are now stuck again and the gamblwe has failed – yet another notch down on the credibility rating. That’s not what top managers want to be associated with. No – it’s another Roeder scenario I fear. Unless the Local Hero responds to the call………

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #25

    i find it amusing that even though there is no escaping the truth, people still try.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #26

    I love the dodgy second hand car sales man ‘Arry so much….. cos he’s at the other end of the country 🙂

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  • goalcentre.com

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #27

    I love you too Arry! Stay where you belong … Make my day! 🙂

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  • RAHUL

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #28

    hold on its on the official site its just said that harry was one of the many candidates spoken to no clue of him being offered anything concrete

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  • geordiejayne13

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #30

    I like that statement on the NUFC site a bit better knowing that they are speaking to a number of managers Phewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. A bit happier now

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  • B3v

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Official Newcastle United statement from Chairman Chris Mort:

    “In the process of appointing a new manager at Newcastle United, we have identified and spoken to a number of potential candidates.

    “This is a very important appointment – our first since taking control of the Club – and we will take as long as required to make sure we bring the right person.

    “That person will be someone we believe will be able to deliver successful results and performances to accompany that.

    “We can confirm that Harry Redknapp is one of the people the Club has spoken to. However, Harry made it clear he is happy with life on the South Coast and we wish him well for the future.

    “We will continue to devote our time to the very important task of selecting the right person to manage Newcastle United and we will make a further announcement when appropriate.”

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  • Ginkoh

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Very Good For Pompey and Magnificent for us !! Yess !!!

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  • Graeme

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #33

    B3v, thanks for posting that, I actually feel a hell of a lot happier having read it.

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  • Soren

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Official Statement from NUFC

    Official Newcastle United statement from Chairman Chris Mort:

    “In the process of appointing a new manager at Newcastle United, we have identified and spoken to a number of potential candidates.

    “This is a very important appointment – our first since taking control of the Club – and we will take as long as required to make sure we bring the right person.

    “That person will be someone we believe will be able to deliver successful results and performances to accompany that.

    “We can confirm that Harry Redknapp is one of the people the Club has spoken to. However, Harry made it clear he is happy with life on the South Coast and we wish him well for the future.

    “We will continue to devote our time to the very important task of selecting the right person to manage Newcastle United and we will make a further announcement when appropriate.”

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1213270,00.html

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #35

    SJP have atleast said something but again it’s possibly just cover.
    We’re gonna have to wait and see, if it’s a winner then it’s been a smoke screen, if it’s a noob then MA is clueless.

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  • Murvar

    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #36

    The club statement is damage limitation. It’s standard industry practice. Now that they have ballsed up the ‘Arry business they have to try to create the impression that all the others they now want to court have been in their thinking all along. Don’t be fooled. They pay people a lot of money to manage this kind of media manipulation. I know – I’ve been part of it in other spheres.

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 12, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #37

    That’s it i lost all hope. Let’s face it, we can talk all day about proffesionals and discretion and PR stunt and billions and damage control and standard practice an so on……….in my eyes it has become painfully obvious with the release of this statement:

    MIKE AND CHRIS ARE CLUELESS. end of.

    “In the process of appointing a new manager at Newcastle United, we have identified and spoken to a number of potential candidates” – why did you sack Sam then ??? he could have been left in charge until you find someone.

    Were gonna get some idiot championship manager now or Shearer, either way were doomed.

    feck you Mike!

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  • Obafan

    Jan 12, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Well, I was really amazed that Redknapp rejected the job. I don’t know what to think now;

    1. Maybe it is good and there will be indeed a big name, then it is okay that Harry rejected it…

    2. If MA really wants a British manager, then I’m disappointed cause I think Harry is one of the best in the EPL ATM. Let’s hope no one like Hughes or O’Leary will end up as our manager. What a disppointment that would be.

    I think Hary deserves lots of credits after today, he doesn’t want to quit the players which he bought for Pompey.

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  • valle

    Jan 12, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Toonking… Yah, remember how we tried to tell all the whiners that this would happen?… Some ppl just never learn, and our new board seems to be clueless and soft shelled… Not a good combo with all the boo boys we have

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  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #40

    mort has just released a statement on the toon job-http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_3041608,00.html

    seems as if theyve contacted a few people.and all of them cant be british.let our thoughts known at the game tonight

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