Reports Suggest Portsmouth Doubled Harry’s Wages


Portsmouth Chief Executive Peter Storrie has told Newcastle he will no longer welcome additional approaches from the club for Harry Redknapp.

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Harry Redknapp – may have ended up doubling his salary

As far as Peter Storrie is concerned, the matter is closed and ended, and he has now warned Newcastle not to think they can tempt the Portsmouth manager back with an improved offer.

CEO Storrie told Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek program:

“Harry has made it perfectly clear he has made his decision – he wants to stay at Portsmouth,”

“That is the end of the matter. He has made it plain it is not about money so Newcastle can continue to offer him what they like.”

“We only allowed Harry to have a conversation with them as it brought the matter to a head.” “It is a disruptive time for anyone to have done this in the middle of the transfer window.”

“But Harry knows he has a job here for as long as he wants it. He can see there is the potential to go forward.”

We think that’s fair comment from Chief Executive Storrie. We also see there are reports in the media that Storrie met with Redknapp yesterday morning, said to be at 9:30 am, before Harry made his final decision, and was offered new compensation of £2M/year from the Portsmouth club. We cannot confirm whether this story is true.

But that doubled Harry’s compensation, and the Portsmouth Club’s thinking was if Newcastle United valued Harry at £5M/ year, maybe he’s worth more to Portsmouth than £1M/year.

So Harry came out of the whole 3 days of turmoil and soul searching, with double his salary. And he’s probably well worth that to Portsmouth – given what the players get these days with no responsibility whatsoever.

We really don’t think it’s worth Newcastle offering Harry any increased compensation. Far better go to a top manager in Europe, and get them to the club with that kind of financial package. Jose Mourinho himself was only on £5M/year at Chelsea.

On reflection, we’re not sure only is the appropriate word there. 😀

Comments very welcome.


16 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Mourinh proved himself to be worth every penny that Chelski paid him – he gave them 2 titles!!!!!

    Harry would be hard pressed to justify a salary of £500,000 let alone 10 times that. If Pompey want to overpay him, thats up to them.

    I’m just so happy he isnt at SJP, we can do much better than that.

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  • dis_S_pramod

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #2

    this is irrevelant. forget harry redknapp, waste of space . odds are really gettin close on king kev and gerrard houllier,!

    http://www.oddschecker.com/football/football-specials/next-newcastle-manager/next-permanent-manager?adid=008982

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #3

    dis_S_pramod – understand, we thought it relevant because Newcastle still seem to be after Harry. They should give him up.
    Let’s hope we get somebody good – soon.

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  • Nev

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #4

    he hasnt had a pay rise
    hes just robbed half of muntari’s transfer fee!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Graeme – I’d take Mourinho – no problem.

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  • Southern_Magpie

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Agreed, it was a waste of time going after him and I for one am relieved he turned us down. Now we need to turn our attention towards world class coaches abroad and Mort needs to take his time finding the right coach to take us forward, rather than rushing like with Redknapp. If we end up getting Shearer or Keegan or both it doesn’t matter, but a proven coach abroad needs to be our first choice and Mort must do everything and strive to ensure this.

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  • tommyy

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Arrrggghhh it better be announced 2moro!! we can’t go on like this for more than a week… and its been almost 4 days already and all we have to show for it is a no from bloody redknapp!!

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 13, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #8

    More from ASHLEY

    “I had to act and now I’ll do it my way.

    “I want a team that will go all out to try to give Chelsea a walloping, that’ll try to stuff Tottenham and that will be brave and bold enough to attack Man United.

    “To date I have invested £250m to try and make it happen.

    “And I’m not the only one who could see it wasn’t working with things as they were.

    “So when my chairman told me it was time for a change I knew it had to happen. I just knew it was time for me to become involved.

    “After all I bought this club to make it a success and the harsh truth is there wasn’t much prospect of that.

    “I bought this club to have some fun and I wasn’t having much fun at all. So I did what I should have done in the first place and decided it was time to run the club the way I wanted.

    “I must admit that when I bought this club my gut instinct was to bring in my own team to run it straight away, including a new manager.

    “That’s no reflection on Sam, that’s just the way I have always done things.

    “But for once in my life I ignored my intuition and, looking back, that was a mistake.

    “My instinct had never let me down in the past, in fact it’s been one of my biggest strengths, one of the major reasons behind my success.

    “Yet I went against that better judgment after buying Newcastle.

    “Now is the time to put away my Newcastle shirt. I’m not saying I will never go back on the terraces but now I have to be in the boardroom — I have to be hands on.”

    “I want a team that is going to be admired up and down the country because of our brilliant, attacking football.

    “Like they did when Kevin Keegan was in charge here.

    “In those days everyone in the land loved to watch Newcastle in action. I certainly did. And I am determined it will be like that again.”

    “People might mock me for that and reckon that’s all pie in the sky.

    “But this is a football club, remember — it’s about passion, about dreams, about glory. If it’s not, then why bother?

    “Make no mistake I bother, I care and so I will try my hardest to make this club successful.

    “And I know I don’t stand alone — I stand at the head of the Toon Army.

    “Remember this is a club with a real passion running through it — not least from all those Geordie fans.

    “And I share that passion.

    “My thinking was to come into Newcastle United and examine the club from every angle and from every aspect. I wanted to see how it ran, how it worked, what the staff could offer and what the supporters were all about.

    “I wanted to understand what made this club tick, I wanted to find its soul. I have done that now and taken a lot of flak along the way.

    “People have complained I have been in the background too much, not done enough. Are you sure?

    “Let’s get this straight. I paid £140million to buy this club.

    “I’ve also paid off £100million worth of debt so today this club doesn’t owe a buck to anyone.

    “And I also gave Sam funds for new players.

    “Yet I’ve been hammered by certain people and for what?

    “Yes, wearing my Newcastle shirt and sitting with the fans.

    “The critics were suggesting in some way that this was just a cheap trick that would boost sales of shirts in my own stores.

    “But anyone who knows anything about Newcastle knows all the fans already have their shirts so it’s all nonsense, just unbelievable.

    “And do you know something? I don’t regret those days with our supporters at all. I might own the club but they are the heartbeat and I had a lovely time with them.

    “And I guarantee that you haven’t seen the last of me out there with the lads and lasses.

    “I will do it again from time to time. That’s because among the fans he felt at home but when he sat in his own directors’ box he was condemned as unconventional.

    “I can’t stand this self-imposed etiquette in the boardroom and directors’ box. You’re supposed to wear a suit, a shirt and tie and behave like a headmaster.

    “Why? It’s like one of those , snobby, snooty golf clubs where they have rules for this and that. It’s nonsense and I won’t go along with it.

    “I want to go to football and enjoy it. I want to celebrate when my team scores, when my team wins.

    “It’s a game of drama and emotion — of highs and lows, of highlights and heartbreaks. And I want to live it.

    “So from now on it’s all down to me.

    “I am here because I want to be here and because I want to win trophies.

    “That’s it — period — to get trophies in the cabinet and have a ball doing it. I can’t see anything wrong with that at all.

    “Buying a football club is something I’ve always wanted to do so it’s living a dream.

    “I always said I bought this club to become part of its passion.

    “I’d like to think I’ve done that. Now I want to channel that passion into bringing success and I just can’t wait until it happens.

    BTW – REDKNAPP NOT LOOKING TOO GREAT TODAY IS HE? LOSING 0-2 AT THE MACKEMS – THANK GOD HE’S NOT COMING.

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  • Mehzeb

    Jan 13, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #9

    I wrote a player by player constructive review of the match against Man U last night, if anyone’s interested:

    http://mehzeb.blogspot.com/2008/01/cristiano-ronaldos-first-hat-trick-for.html

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  • scottish mag

    Jan 13, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #10

    is lippi a free agent

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  • daiv

    Jan 13, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed, Sunderland are beating Pompey two Nil. makes us 6 points off relegation with no manager and the club in turmoil and playing like drains. newcastle quoted at 8 to 1 for relegation. Whats the likelihood of the drop. We are now in a relegation battle mr Mort. Thanks a lot. No mamager and no plan B. Will we get one before end of January? and even if we do, no time to buy the right players. Thanks a lot Mr Mort. Thanks a lot all you idiots out there who wanted Sam sacked at any cost.

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  • toonfan1

    Jan 13, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #12

    has anyone heard that souness is interested in the newcastle job again!!! no way would i want this man to manage us again but some of his comments are insightful on the last board we had (lies about players and fees)…http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,2483_3044005,00.html

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  • b3v

    Jan 13, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #13

    daiv – and you think we would have got something from the game in big sam was incharge? no. i didn’t think so.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 13, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s been a scam, HR filled his pockets with a wage rise at Pompey and someones making a mint out of the odds for the new manager as HR was 1-8 odds on leaving the real next manager at crazy high odds. If it’s Houlier I think this is defo the case and already done deal.

    MA trusts his instincts? Well if your instincts said sign dodgy ‘arry then I’d bin ur instincts in future.

    I cannot get out of my mind that there are direct links from Newcastle to ‘arry via MA’s friend. So this could have been kept out of the media but the bookies knew something as HR quickly became odds on favourite even though his name (as far as I know) was never high on the list for next Toon manager.

    I hope this isn’t the way business is going to be done in the future. Huge disapointment so far by the new owner.

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  • James

    Jan 13, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #15

    The reports came from Harry’s Agent who is trying to get him a bigger pay deal at Portsmouth. That’s why he used Newcastle – to get more money where he is.

    According to reports a new £3 million a year contract is already being drawn up for him to stay at Portsmouth for the rest of his managerial career.

    Now you can understand why Harry’s Agent got Sky Sports to start the Harry for Newcastle talk last week…

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  • Leo*

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #16

    this is just their chairman making mischief… he is saying this to just up their manager………..

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