Portsmouth Chief Executive Peter Storrie has told Newcastle he will no longer welcome additional approaches from the club for Harry Redknapp.
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,â€
“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.â€ “It is a disruptive time for anyone to have done this in the middle of the transfer window.â€
“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 thatâ€™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 Â£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 Â£5M/ year, maybe heâ€™s worth more to Portsmouth than Â£1M/year.
So Harry came out of the whole 3 days of turmoil and soul searching, with double his salary. And heâ€™s probably well worth that to Portsmouth â€“ given what the players get these days with no responsibility whatsoever.
We really donâ€™t think itâ€™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 Â£5M/year at Chelsea.
On reflection, weâ€™re not sure only is the appropriate word there. 😀
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