Harry Redknapp is a w*****, is a w***** (Repeat until crowd gets distracted by on-field dispute).
Is Harry Redknapp a bad man? Is he one we should all despise on his return to Fratton Park tomorrow afternoon?
Pompey are his ‘spiritual home’ after all…and he did win us the FA Cup, and in his words, he is the ‘best manager the club have ever had’.
He made us into a ‘top-eight team’, brought us players such as Lassana Diarra and Sully Muntari while he was on the verge of being sacked by Sacha, y’know?
Harry has been talking a lot about Portsmouth this week, filling in the column inches for the national tabloids. Those who boo him on Saturday are classified as ‘idiots’ and no chant, however mindless it is, will bother him. Only the loss of 3 points will give him sleepless nights.
The return of Redknapp has raised a debate among Pompey fans, causing a division in fact. While many, if not all, are grateful for his achievements at the club, some aren’t as appreciative of how he left the club and how he has speaking of the club since.
For those that need reminding, Redknapp left the club last year on the eve of a Premier League home fixture against Fulham.
Pompey fans awoke to the news that Juande Ramos had been sacked by the Tottenham board, with Redknapp being appointed with immediate effect.
He literally crept out of the back door in the middle of the night – hidden by the darkness.
He argued that he had to leave, for the sake of Pompey’s finances. The £5m compensation package was too big an offer for the club to turn down. As well as that, Redknapp had supposedly heard whispers that his job was soon to be under threat.
According to ‘Arry, he had heard Pompey were set to come under new ownership ‘very soon’ with the supposed owner wanting his own man.
It was at least six months later that news first broke in the mysterious land of the United Arab Emirates that ‘Dr.’ Sulaiman Al Fahim was interested in buying the club.
Harry’s sources were slightly wrong there…at least in their estimations.
He may have been correct when saying Pompey did need the finance. Let’s be honest, the club has been on the verge of administration so many times in the last year, we make Newcastle Utd look a stable club.
But if the man had such a strong affliction for the club, surely he would have stayed on, on a reduced contract and carried on with the job he supposedly loved.
Redknapp had already once before ruled out that he wouldn’t be interested in managing a ‘big club’, due to his eternal happiness at Portsmouth. What changed?
Well…the money dried up, to put it short and sweet.
If Redknapp didn’t feel guilty concerning his departure, he wouldn’t have spoken to the London-based media outlets this week in such a great manner.
The man sounds desperate in his interviews, trying to reclaim what respect he once had.
No man is bigger than the club. And that easily applies in the case of Redknapp. This is why a sector of fans have asked to ignore Redknapp and concentrate on supporting the team.
Others have suggested that ignoring him would be too easy, with Redknapp still able to claim that the fans still respected him.
There’s always the mixed option – with chants including, ‘Portsmouth ‘til I die’, ‘Alan Ball’s Blue & White Army’ and the recently revised, ‘Paul & Avram’s Blue & White Army.’
Whatever abuse Harry gets or doesn’t get, Defoe can be assured 100% of ‘chant abuse’, not that I’m encouraging it. However, when a player purposefully plays badly to engineer a move away, he’s always going to be open to criticism, regardless of the club he joins.
The issues surrounding Crouch and Niko Kranjcar are a bit more complicated. Crouch effectively cost the club more money by refusing to join any other team than Spurs, £3m to be precise. However, the lanky forward remained for the relegation battle last season, more of which than can be said for Defoe.
Regarding Niko, he was often criticised for his lacklustre attitude to games, the idea that he wasn’t ‘giving it his all’ in the crucial encounters. Then again, the man gave us an extra £2m in the sense he didn’t leave at the end of the season on a free transfer.
I’m sure that money proved useful in keeping the club alive. Maybe he’s one of those that shouldn’t be booed?
Here’s my stance on it all…
I will concentrate 100% on supporting my team tomorrow.
I will jeer Harry Redknapp if and when my team is winning tomorrow, or upon scoring.
I will boo and try my best, as a fan, to put Jermain Defoe off playing well tomorrow afternoon. However, sod’s law dictates that he will score.
I will most likely boo Peter Crouch, for the simple reason that he messed Peter Storrie, the club’s CEO, around as well as the fans.
Niko – we’ll see on the day – but he did have kind words to say upon leaving Pompey.
The joke is, while Redknapp’s return will take much of the headlines, there are so many things happening at Fratton Park tomorrow, it’s a wonder why we aren’t on television.
Although it’s yet to be clear if Avram Grant can make tomorrow’s encounter, it will nevertheless be the Israeli’s first game as Director of Football, or ‘assistant manager’ as many have worked out.
As well as the exciting prospect of Avram Grant, a sentence I thought I would never write, an Al Faraj representative is set to be at Fratton Park!
…okay, so it’s not the owner, but the owner’s brother, Ahmed Al Faraj with new director, Mark Jacob.
There are so many connections tomorrow, and I’m sure it will be a fiery affair – let’s just hope Pompey don’t come off badly, or in Shaun Custis’ case, let’s just hope Pompey don’t come off too badly.
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